Study Links Sturgis Motorcycle Rally To 266K COVID-19 Cases: ‘Super Spreading Event’
A new study by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics tracked cell phone data at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and found the August 7-16 event was a COVID-19 “super spreading event.”
The Associated Press reported that most people who attended the event did not wear masks or social distance.
The study estimates that more than 266,000 COVI-19 cases were caused by the rally — no social distancing or mask wearing — which was predicted by NewsVideoClip.TV on Aug. 7.
The IZA Institute of Labor Economics estimated these new coronavirius cases added up to $12 billion in public health costs, not including any death costs, notes The Hill:
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally represents a situation where many of the “worst-case scenarios” for superspreading occurred simultaneously: the event was prolonged, included individuals packed closely together, involved a large out-of-town population (a population that was orders of magnitude larger than the local population), and had low compliance with recommended infection countermeasures such as the use of masks.