Forbes has just released a report estimating that a total of 267,000 new cases have been caused by this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota – roughly 19% of all new COVID-19 cases in the United States since the first week of September.
The report was led by a group of economists tracking cell phone data from the 10-day motorcycle rally, which saw more than 500,000 attendees. Assuming that all cases are non-fatal, and basing costs on existing statistics, it is estimated that the damage from the event will amount to some $12 billion USD in economical costs. The report continues to point out that in hindsight, it would have been more cost-effective to have paid everyone $26,553.64 USD to not attend.
While the cultural significance of the eight-decade-old annual rally is much recognized, perhaps this year should have seen a delay much like the 2020 Olympics.
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