Tens of thousands of COVID-19 infections linked to Trump rallies: study

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More than 30,000 coronavirus infections and 700 deaths can be traced back to 18 Trump rallies, Stanford University researchers say

Many have suspected that President Donald Trump‘s large campaign events were contributing to the spread of coronavirus across the country.

Turns out that’s just the case, based on information found in a new study linking COVID-19 infections and deaths to events on the campaign trail.

Researchers at Stanford University released a new study Friday showing that clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks in some states involved Trump’s rallies, where thousands have gathered, many going maskless, to cheer on the president ahead of Tuesday’s election.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally on October 17, 2020 in Muskegon, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The working paper concludes that more than 30,000 positive coronavirus cases and 700 deaths can be traced back to people who gathered at 18 different rallies during the pandemic, including an indoor event in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June and a September rally in Duluth, Michigan. It is not clear if the infections were transmitted at said rallies.

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