Researchers at Stanford University in California have estimated that Donald Trump’s multiple political rallies since June have caused more than 700 deaths and 30,000 infections linked to the spread of COVID-19.
The researchers selected 18 gatherings held between June 20 and September 22, then analyzed changes in infection rates in communities after the passage of the US president.
To varying degrees, the contamination curves of the communities show a marked increase in the rate of infection, coinciding with the days and weeks following the holding of the gatherings.
“Our analysis strongly supports the warnings and recommendations of public health authorities regarding the increased risk of the spread of COVID-19 during large gatherings, especially when the degree of compliance with guidelines related to wearing the mask and physical distance is low, ”the researchers pointed out in the conclusion of the scientific article.
“The communities in which Trump held his rallies paid a heavy price in terms of illness and death,” they concluded.
The rally held in Tulsa on June 20 was Donald Trump’s first since March. It was during this event that former Republican leadership candidate and businessman Herman Cain was infected with COVID-19. He died at the age of 74 on June 30, 10 days after the rally.