August 28, 2020

CNN Claims Sturgis a COVID-19 'Super Spreader' Event, with 70 Cases Per 500,000 People

  • Flyover Country

By: Nate James

In Brief:

CNN is doing its best fear-mongering by claiming the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held in South Dakota, was a COVID-19 “super-spreader” event, despite the rate of infection being somewhere around 0.014%.

The Background:

CNN reports:

More than 70 Covid-19 cases have now been linked to an event that drew thousands of tourists to a small South Dakota city earlier this month, CNN surveys of state health departments show.

The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a 10-day event that usually brings about 500,00 people to the city. This year, the rally attracted attendees on more than 460,000 vehicles, according to the state's transportation department.

Experts feared the rally, which drew people from all over the United States -- including coronavirus hotspots -- had the potential to become to become a spreading event, not just in the state but across the country.

Notable Quotes:

“With numbers diminishing very quickly in Sweden, we see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport. I’m surprised that we don’t have more or better studies showing what effect masks actually have.”

  • Sweden’s infectious disease expert, Anders Tegnell

Nate James writes from Texas.

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