US President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign outside of Raymond James Stadium on October 29, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.
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According to a new article published by researchers at Stanford, President Donald Trump̵7;s campaigns have resulted in more than 30,000 coronavirus infections.
Researchers looked at 18 of Trump’s rallies held between June 20 and September 22 and analyzed Covid-19 data for the weeks following each event. They compared the districts where the events were held with other counties with similar trajectories to the Covid-19 confirmed cases prior to the day of the rally. According to the study, out of the 18 rallies analyzed, only 3 were indoors.
The researchers found that the protests eventually resulted in more than 30,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19. They also concluded that the protests could lead to more than 700 deaths, although not necessarily by the attendees.
These findings support the warnings and recommendations of public health officials about the risk of Covid-19 transmission at large group gatherings, the researchers said, “especially given the level of compliance. guidelines regarding the use of the mask and social distance are low. “
B. Douglas Bernheim, president of Stanford economics department and lead author of the article, wrote: “Communities where Trump protested have come at a high price for illness and death.
The article, which has not undergone peer review, has been published on the SSRN open access preprint platform.
In response to the paper, Trump’s campaign spokesman Courtney Parella said, “Americans have the right to assemble under the First Amendment to hear the President of the United States.”
“We take strong precautions for our campaign events, require all attendees to check their temperatures, provide masks they are instructed to wear, and ensure access to plenty of hand sanitizer. We also have signs at the event that instruct attendees to wear masks, “she added.
A Joe Biden campaign spokesperson released a statement after the paper published, saying Trump was “paying hundreds of lives and sparking thousands of cases with super protests. spread serves only his ego.
“The worst thing is that this hasn’t even recorded more of Trump’s bigger events on the White House campus or the last five weeks of events across the country. How many more lives have been lost.” In the meantime? How many more empty chairs are there at kitchens across America because of Donald Trump’s ego? “said spokesman Andrew Bates.
The researchers said they had to overcome “critical challenges”, admitting that Covid-19’s dynamics were “complicated” and that “even the most superficial data checks show that too Covid-19’s regulator for spread varies from county to county.
New research comes as the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across America. The United States continues to set new highs for infections this week, with Friday marking a record 99,321 new cases daily, bringing the seven-day average of new cases to new highs of 78,738, an analysis of CNBC data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
Trump is often criticized for organizing live demonstrations, sometimes with tens of thousands of people, during a pandemic. He sought to lower the virus, often forcing an increase in Covid-19 cases for more testing. However, public health officials and infectious disease experts oppose that claim, saying that the rates of testing with positive results and hospitalization are also increasing.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Friday that the United States is reporting a number of “extremely high and unacceptable” daily cases before winter. people will spend more time indoors.
Fauci told SiriusXM’s “Doctor Radio Reports”, urging people to continue wearing masks, keeping distance from society and spending time outdoors indoors as much as possible.