Coronavirus infection rates are continually rising, with a majority of new cases occurring in the U.S. within the last week. A chunk of the new cases have been linked to a plethora of Trump rallies that have occurred between June and September of 2020, according to a newly released research study from Stanford University.
Late on Friday, Stanford University researchers reported that over the span of 18 Trump rallies 30,000 new cases of COVID-19 had accrued, in tandem with most likely 700 COVID-19 related deaths. The research included evaluating in-door and out-door Trump rallies, concluding that some Trump rally participants suffered a major consequence.
“The communities in which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death,” Stanford research authors wrote, including Bernheim Douglas, Chair of the Department of Economics at Stanford.
Despite the increases in COVID-19, President Donald Trump has continued to minimize the pandemic, accusing doctors of exaggerating the seriousness of COVID-19 and profiting from COVID-19 related deaths.
“Our doctors get more money if somebody dies from COVID. You know that, right? I mean our doctors are very smart people. So what they do is they say, ‘I’m sorry, but everybody dies of COVID,” President Trump said at a rally in Waterford Township, Michigan, Friday.
Stanford researches warn that people should adhere to public health guidelines.
“Our analysis strongly supports the warnings and recommendations of public health officials concerning the risk of COVID-19 transmission at large group gatherings, particularly when the degree of compliance with guidelines concerning the use of masks and social distancing is low,” authors state.