Watch out, Michigan: Study finds Trump rallies led to 30K Covid cases

October 31, 2020, 11:33 AM

Trump rallies have left a trail of Covid spikes in their wake, new research from Stanford University suggests.

According to a study released Friday, 18 recent indoor and outdoor Trump rallies produced more than 30,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and "likely" led to more than 700 deaths. 

The authors studied the impact of each rally for up to 10 weeks after the event. Their methodology relied on a "collection of regression models" that "capture the relationships between post-event outcomes and pre-event characteristics, including demographics and the trajectory of COVID-19 cases, in similar counties."

None of the rallies covered by the research were held in Michigan. 

Trump has blitzed the swing state in the lead-up to Election Day, with outdoor rallies held or planned in Muskegon, Lansing, Waterford, Washington Township, Traverse City and the Grand Rapids area.

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