Study links Trump rallies to more than 700 Covid deaths

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    • #373492
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      October 31, 2020

      The working paper, released late Friday, examined the impact of 18 rallies held between June 20 and Sept. 30.

      President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies between June and September may have caused some 30,000 coronavirus infections and more than 700 deaths, according to a new study by Stanford University economists.

      The working paper, released late Friday, examined the impact of 18 rallies held between June 20 and Sept. 30 by comparing spread of the virus after each event to parts of the country that didn’t host rallies. The findings illustrate the risks of not heeding public health warnings to wear masks and avoid large gatherings to mitigate the risks of Covid-19, the authors — including B. Douglas Bernheim, the chair of Stanford’s economics department — wrote.

      “The communities in which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death,” they wrote. Fifteen of the 18 events studied were held outdoors.

      Trump has drawn criticism for continuing to hold events with large, tightly packed crowds in states that are experiencing outbreaks. Many in attendance, including Trump, have not worn masks.

      Bernheim told POLITICO he hopes the study will help inform policymakers understand the tradeoffs around holding large public gatherings during the pandemic.

      vote for nobody

    • #373494
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      They should get Medals of Honor…..posthumously.

      Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites

    • #373520
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      the deaths of drowning soldiers who were swimming too wide and too cold a river, in adulation to him their hero. As disgusted as I was to read that (almost 40 years ago), it stuck with me. Looking back on it, Napoleon at least acknowledged these foolish soldiers. Trump won’t admit that he is killing his fools who adulate him, risk their lives, the lives of their families, for what? To remain Bigots? Most of these 30,000 don’t even know that Trump is responsible. They can’t admit to themselves that they have been conned.

      This is why I agree with Bernie. I couldn’t vote for Hillary, but I had to vote for Biden, (though it was likely a worse vote than voting for Reagan) because Trump and his obedient minions will destroy us all. We can call them all fools, but the capacity to lead so many to their own deaths by baiting their biases has many historical precedence. Let’s not go to war over these bozos. They are not worth it.

      “Go and tell Alexander that God the Supreme King is never the Author of insolent wrong, but is the Creator of light, of peace, of life, of water, of the body of man and of souls;...what Alexander offers and the gifts he promises are things to me utterly useless;..." Dandamis, a great sannyasi of Taxila.Excerpt From: Yogananda, Paramahansa. “Autobiography of a Yogi.”

    • #373534
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      I accept mortality, but I’ll be damned if I’ll close the death cult that kills me.

    • #373597
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      I wonder if they can be charged with manslaughter or reckless endangerment for having rallies when they know it’s going to lead to people dying?

      At the very least I bet there ends up being a whole multitude of civil cases.

    • #373626
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      Do you really want to allow a political party to be sued for having public meetings? Apology accepted; people talk without thinking all the time.

    • #373629
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      US leadership in general is complicit in the deaths of the citizenry.

      If either side wanted fewer people to be dying, there are a lot of things they’d be doing differently, most having to do with money.

      One would be canning the tax breaks for big money.

      It doesn’t produce anything for the majority of the people, just more money & power in the hands of the already-wealthy.

      Which = less power & less money for the rest.

      Don’t tell me ‘it’s not a zero-sum game’ cause the pie is *not* expanding.  Decent paying middle class jobs are going the way of the dodo, & the bottom 10% is making less during the pandemic, and homelessness just keeps rising.

      They’re all killers, and poverty exacerbates covid susceptibility.

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