NOPE: Turns Out the Sturgis Biker Rally Was No COVID 'Super-Spreader' After All
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No matter how much we would like to change the minds of all Americans who have been brainwashed into believing that COVID-19 is a planet-killer, no single news story is going to do that.
Changing – or rather easing – minds will take time and a series of reports before those folks will come around and realize that the virus isn’t the global threat the anti-Trump fear-porn pushers in the ‘mainstream’ media have led them to believe.
So, we’ll start with this one.
Left-wing Democrats and their fear pushers in the media bemoaned the fact that the town of Sturgis, S.D., decided to go ahead with its annual motorcycle rally this year in spite of the pandemic. Never mind that South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, never shut down the state, to begin with, and never mind that the state has never been a coronavirus “hot spot.”
Like a predictable broken record, they all said that the rally would become a “super-spreader event,” leading to death and suffering and pestilence on a Biblical (or a “Walking Dead”) scale.
Once again, the fear pimps in the Democrat Party were wrong, as PJ Media’s Stacy Lennox noted Wednesday:
The 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally took place from August 7-16 in South Dakota. Attendance at the rally was slightly down, at 462,000, a 7.5% decrease from 2019. No doubt COVID-19 fears played a part in the attendance reduction. Perhaps those with pre-existing health conditions declined to attend.
COVID-19 panic certainly preceded the rally. Indeed, it was predicted that it would be a mass superspreader event that would result in significant illness and death. Or not. The numbers are in for the City of Sturgis, and they are quite laughable. More people died from fatal crashes during the rally than from the virus.
"The City of Sturgis conducted mass COVID testing for its citizens after welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors for the 80th annual Motorcycle Rally. Now, the city is announcing the results," officials said.
"A total of 650 people took advantage of the free testing, with 26 people testing positive for COVID-19. All of them were asymptomatic at the time of testing."
Two takeaways, at least for Americans who have long accepted the reality that COVID-19, while certainly no ‘hoax,’ is also not the end of the world as we know it:
1) Once again, we see that the virus is virtually harmless in healthy, younger individuals who don't have underlying health problems;
2) The disease is so mild in the vast majority of cases people don't even know they've got it.
A regional health correspondent for Fargo, North Dakota-based Forum News Service posted even more yawning coronavirus numbers in a tweet late last week.
"In total, it appears, as of August 28, 12 days after the rally, a total of 196 positive tests were linked to rally attendance," Lennox writes.
No need to panic. No need to clear out the hospitals in the states where Sturgis attendees traveled from. No need for a mass order of body bags. No need for a run on funeral plots.
But what this does indicate is that Americans need to calm down, relax, and stop slurping up the fear potion pushed by media whores who are still trying to exploit a virus to destroy a president.