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President Donald Trump's campaign rallies "ultimately resulted in more than 30,000 incremental confirmed COVID-19 cases" and "likely led to more than 700 deaths," according to a newly released study by Stanford University economists.
Trump campaign rallies 'likely led to more than 700 deaths' from coronavirus, study finds
  • President Donald Trump's campaign rallies were linked to 30,000 coronavirus cases and "likely led to more than 700 deaths," according to a new study by Stanford University economists.
  • The paper focused on 18 campaign rallies held between June 20 and September 30.
  • "The communities in which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death," the authors of the study wrote.
"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," the authors wrote. "The communities in which Trump rallies took place paid a high price in terms of disease and death."

Trump's rallies have featured his trademark crowds, with masks distributed at events but not fully required for entrants. Trump, who announced his COVID-19 diagnosis earlier this month, usually attends his rallies without a mask.