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Sturgis rally reportedly created 250,000 new cases of COVID-19.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has dismissed a report suggesting the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was a superspreading event for COVID-19.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has dismissed a report suggesting the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was a superspreading event for COVID-19.A group of economists estimated that the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota in August could be responsible for new COVID-19 cases. IZA Institute of Labor Economics published a paper assessing that the Rally was linked to a surge of approximately 250,000 COVID-19 cases. Researchers used cell phone data to show extended foot traffic at bars, restaurants, and other venues in the Sturgis area and an infection count based on increased infection rates following the event. The study concludes that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally generated substantial public health costs, which calculated at least $12.2 billion using the statistical value of a COVID-19 case estimated by Kniesner and Sullivan. The reports stated that South Dakota saw a 126% increase in new cases in the two weeks after the event. Many epidemiologists have indicated the study had some shortcomings.

Noem dismissed the report suggesting that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was a super spreading event for COVID-19. That cost billions of dollars in health costs. The South Dakota health officials explained that there are 124 new cases in the state, including one death directly linked to the Rally. Joshua Clayton, the State epidemiologist, mentioned the paper fails to note that schools in the state also reopened close after the Rally ended, which could have attributed to the South Dakota cases' surge.

The health officials added that the researchers assumed that those rally attendees must have caused new spikes where people went post-rally. There is no particular evidence to prove that the Sturgis rally was the main reason for the spread of COVID -19 cases. The paper, which has not been peer-reviewed, failed to show accurate numbers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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