Belated Claim Chowder

Eric Trump Joins a Biker Gang!

The WaPo has a stunning, deeply reported article up on the Sturgis Biker Rally:

…Within weeks of the gathering, the Dakotas, along with Wyoming, Minnesota and Montana, were leading the nation in new coronavirus infections per capita. The surge was especially pronounced in North and South Dakota, where cases and hospitalization rates continued their juggernaut rise into October. Experts say they will never be able to determine how many of those cases originated at the 10-day rally, given the failure of state and local health officials to identify and monitor attendees returning home, or to trace chains of transmission after people got sick. Some, however, believe the nearly 500,000-person gathering played a role in the outbreak now consuming the Upper Midwest.

More than 330 coronavirus cases and one death were directly linked to the rally as of mid-September, according to a Washington Post survey of health departments in 23 states that provided information. But experts say that tally represents just the tip of the iceberg, since contact tracing often doesn’t capture the source of an infection, and asymptomatic spread goes unnoticed.

In many ways, Sturgis is an object lesson in the patchwork U.S. response to a virus that has proved remarkably adept at exploiting such gaps to become resurgent. While some states and localities banned even relatively small groups of people, others, like South Dakota, imposed no restrictions — in this case allowing the largest gathering of people in the United States and perhaps anywhere in the world amid the pandemic and creating huge vulnerabilities as tens of thousands of attendees traveled back home to every state in the nation.

It seems odd to revisit what was so obvious at the time, but the people who attended that rally went home to pretty much all states and started infecting people. That the surrounding states contributed most of the participants and now are suffering the consequences is both predictable and a freaking shame.

This is not a claim chowder that tastes particularly good.

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12 Responses to Belated Claim Chowder

  1. Wesley Sandel says:

    Harley riders very have been known as the sharpest tacks in the box. All the BMW rallies were cancelled.

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  2. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    These are people who ride without helmets. Enough said.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Dennis Cole says:

    Darwin would be delighted! The “shallow end” of the gene pool is partially self-cleansing. Sadly, a few people who didn’t, or don’t, deserve to die, will, or already have, but that’s why we need Public Health Protocols that outweigh and overpower any governor or legislative body, in cases like this.

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  4. buckobear says:

    Those of us that live here are overjoyed \ s

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Reality just plain refuses to bend to their political will, no matter how loudly they shout.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. julesmomcat says:

    Grandma used to say, “Experience is a great teacher; she gives the test first, and the lesson afterward.” Needle-nose pliers, holding the nail in place, cleaned up my vocab.

    Liked by 1 person

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