Study claims Sturgis Motor Rally contributed to 260,000 new Covid-19 cases

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A new study has claimed that last month’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota contributed to over 260,000 new cases of coronavirus in the US.

The 10-day festival, which reportedly drew crowds of up to 460,000 to Sturgis between August 7-16, included a full programme of music that featured sets from the likes of Trapt, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Night Ranger, Reverend Horton Heat, Lit, 38 Special, Quiet Riot, Big Skillet and Smash Mouth.

Smash Mouth’s performance at the rally in particular was widely criticised for not adhering to social distancing or mask-wearing guidelines, as well as frontman Steve Harwell’s “we’re all here together tonight! Fuck that COVID shit!” remark to the crowd.

Researchers from the Center for Health Economics and Policy Studies at San Diego State University have now published a study which investigated whether the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was an example of a “superspreader” event.

The academics concluded that the Sturgis Rally added an estimated 263,708 cases of coronavirus — which equates to 19% of the total number of US cases between August 2 and September 2 — to the US total number of cases.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe