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Trump Rally In Carson Has Potential To Be Super Spreader Event

A tight shot of a crowd of about 100 people. Most are wearing red, white and blue and MAGA merch. Only one person is wearing a mask.
Lucia Starbuck
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KUNR Public Radio
Part of the crowd at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at the Minden-Tahoe Airport in Douglas County, Nev. on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.";

President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold an in-person rally in Carson City on Sunday. 

The president has already made two campaign stops in Nevada, one indoors and one outside, where his supporters have packed together and many have not worn masks. This can increase the risk of disease transmission.

But as of right now, it appears that few cases have been linked to rallies in Nevada. Brian Labus, a member of the state’s COVID-19 medical advisory team, explains why that information is difficult to pin down.

“A lot of times the health departments aren’t necessarily releasing that information, but there’s always that potential that one rally could serve as kind of a super spreader event. Just the way that the event in the Rose Garden at the White House did,” Labus said.

Labus said another concern is that people will get exposed at the rally and then spread the virus when they return home.

Lucia Starbuck is a corps member with Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

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