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Sat Oct 24, 2020, 06:45 AM

Community outbreaks of Covid-19 often emerge after Trump's campaign rallies

Community outbreaks of Covid-19 often emerge after Trumpís campaign rallies
By Zach Nayer
October 16, 2020

Link: https://www.statnews.com/2020/10/16/trump-campaign-rallies-leave-a-trail-of-community-outbreaks/

When President Trump held a mass campaign rally in Newport News, where I now work, at the end of September, he did so against the explicit warning of local public health officials. He was entering this community ó our house ó not for the good of the sick but to promote himself. The gathering may have brought sickness to the community. As a new physician, I find that deeply disturbing.

As the death toll of Covid-19 heads toward 220,000 in the United States alone, more deaths than in any other country in the world, the president, who is currently convalescing from Covid-19 himself, has spent the past several months crisscrossing a pandemic-ravaged country in his bid for reelection. The crowds he draws are fertile breeding grounds for transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, followed by community outbreaks.

The president has repeatedly held these gatherings not only in defiance of public health guidelines, but seemingly to spite them: downplaying the threat of the virus, eschewing basic public health principles such as wearing face coverings and packing his supporters shoulder to shoulder for political optics. Several early campaign events were indoors, such as in Tulsa, where there was a reported surge in cases afterwards. Former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who was co-chair of Black Voices for Trump and who attended the Tulsa rally without wearing a mask, tested positive for Covid-19 two days after the rally and died less than two weeks later.
Concerned about the impact of Trumpís campaign rallies, Majumdar and I compiled county-based data of new coronavirus cases from each of his general election campaign rallies between Tulsa in late June and Newport News in late September. We looked at case numbers for the 14 days before and after each event to see if any patterns of community outbreaks emerged. We chose 14 days to consider the longest incubation periods, given the median onset from exposure to time of symptoms for Covid-19 is about three to five days.

This issue should have been researched thoroughly long ago but this is the only article I've found so far where professionals tried to do the work. I believe some research was done on the virus hangover from his Rose Garden affair.

I see Trump's events as outright criminal negligence in an elected public official.

He only gets away with it because 1.) the infection effects are delayed for several days, 2.) people attending may be from a widespread area and 3.) because there are no public attendance records or contact tracing so the events can be studied. In addition, all GOP officials try their best to cover-up any news about any Republicans contracting this disease.

Trump just has his fun and walks away Scot-free. And, he does it mostly on our dime, paying for his travels.


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SheltieLover Oct 2020 #1

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Sat Oct 24, 2020, 07:37 AM

1. K&R!

Ty, KY. I have suspected this, given the dystopian tRump virus.

I am not sure why people enable him. Boggles my mind.

Can cities / towns not prevent "it" from visiting?

I think it was Sanford, FL that filed suit to prevent his shit show due to covid. They called his planned rally a public nuisance & a public health hazard in light of their standing covid gathering restrictions.

I never heard what happened with the suit, but it had its rally there.

Sure seems it wants to infect everyone!

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