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US health experts say rampage through Capitol was textbook super-spreader event

Maya Taylor

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A day after thousands of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building, the country experienced its deadliest day since the Covid-19 pandemic began, recording 4,000 deaths from the virus. And health experts say those figures are certain to get worse, describing the unprecedented rampage through the Capitol as a textbook super-spreader.

Thousands of protesters crowded together, forcing their way into the building, with most not wearing any face coverings and certainly not social distancing. Following the break-in, legislators who had gathered to confirm Joe Biden as the next US President were evacuated and also crowded together, with many not wearing face coverings. Eric Toner from the John Hopkins Center for Health Security says the event is certain to lead to a significant number of new cases, although the spike may not register given the huge number of cases already being recorded on a daily basis.

“This was in some many ways an extraordinarily dangerous event yesterday, not only from the security aspects but from the public health aspects, and there will be a fair amount of disease that comes from it. It is a very real possibility that this will lead to a major outbreak but one that we may or may not be able to recognise. All the cases to likely derive from this event will likely be lost in the huge number of cases we have in the country right now.”

The US now has over 132,000 patients hospitalised with Covid-19, but the Trump followers who descended on Washington on Wednesday appeared unperturbed by the risks. One 73 year old war veteran said he was as scared of Covid-19 as he would be of a butterfly. Meanwhile, when a Biden supporter who’d arrived for a counter-protest offered a Trump supporter a face mask, the offer was snubbed. “Oh, you believe in the mask hoax?” the Trump follower replied.

Health experts have also pointed out the difference between the Trump supporters’ rally and previous protests involving the Black Lives Matter movement. At Wednesday’s event, fewer people wore masks and the risks were further increased by them being crowded together indoors. Jonathan Fielding from the school of Public Health and Medicine at UCLA says the Trump rally provided the virus with the perfect conditions for spreading.

“If you wanted to organise an event to maximise the spread of Covid, it would be difficult to find one better than the one we witnessed yesterday. You have the drivers of spreading at a time when we are bearing the heaviest burden of this terrible virus and terrible pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Representative, Susan Wild, has described the moment lawmakers in the building were ushered to safety, with 300 – 400 people having to crowd together in an unspecified location.

“It’s what I would call a Covid super-spreader event. About half the people in the room are not wearing masks, even though they’ve been offered surgical masks. They’ve refused to wear them.”

Wild declined to name the legislators who were not wearing masks, other than confirming they were Republicans.

“It’s certainly exactly the kind of situation that we’ve been told by the medical doctors not to be in. We weren’t even allowed to get together with our families for Thanksgiving and Christmas and now we’re in a room with people who are flaunting the rules.”

Kansas Representative, Jacob LaTurner, a Republican, has since tested positive for Covid-19.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Brian

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Source: Nation Thailand. Where’d Nation Thailand get it? From the Washington Post. So this seems to me to be a rephrased version of a rephrased version of pure propaganda.

    How does this work? In the interest of transparency, would somebody from the Thaiger say who’s paying who for this story to end up displayed to us?

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      Joe Sitzlar

      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:32 pm

      I read this paper daily and its obvious the management and editors of this page are of the liberal decent, They write things that must be taken directly from Chuck Shumer or Nancy Palosi’s notepad. Thaiger’s reporting when it comes to Donald Trump is really disgusting its starting to make me want to find a different Thai news source
      Joe

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        American in Thailand

        Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 6:41 am

        As an American who loves Thailand, I agree with you Joe.
        If anyone with abrain has learned over the past few years, that anytime “experts say / experts familiar with the matter” is junk and propaganda

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    Buttaxe

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:52 am

    “Health experts have also pointed out the difference between the Trump supporters’ rally and previous protests involving the Black Lives Matter movement.” Those health ‘experts’ might also want to consider the health aspects of BLM_Antifa burning down neighbourhoods including homes, businesses, even health clinics, and on more than one occasion with people inside. Or just murder, beatings and robberies. In how many cities? Over how many months?

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      Joe Sitzlar

      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      Thaiger has to be a liberal run, wolf in sheep’s clothing, They obviously have their head in the sand when it comes to US political reporting. I doubt very seriously that this publication will tell the real story and you will NOT see them say any truths about the Demorats, They will NOT publish or talk about the liberals burning, killing, stealing from fellow citizens and business’s. Thaiger if your going to spread the news you should atleast realize that there are 2 sides to every coin.

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      indisPC

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:02 am

      It’s just more shameless politicization of the virus, which was severely hyped from day one. The news media is really not even doing themselves any favors since their disgraceful double standard only serves to discredit themselves and the medical science community.

      I’m a very liberal person, but I’d have to be blind to not see the double standard here. BLM protests have gone on periodically in many US urban centers since the summer, but you don’t hear a peep about that. It seems anything conservatives do is instantly labelled a “superspreader event” to scare the masses. Who in their right mind would take this reporting seriously anymore?

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        Brian

        Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 6:01 pm

        Thank you for being fair and reasonable.

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      Ben

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 8:19 am

      Oh there you are Buttocks. It’s easier for me to remember and a more fitting name for you. Stop spreading your fake news and revolutionary BS.

      Your buddies that rioted at the Capitol last week committed treason and are a disgrace to America. Those punks treated this as a game like going off to play army and now think oh I’m done playing now and I’m going home. What happened to patriotism and freedom and all the big talk that was spewed by those now being arrested and are begging for forgiveness or feigning stupidity? If they really believed in this movement they shouldn’t be afraid to go to prison, lose their jobs and ruin their lives for their beliefs. But they’re all making excuses now and being very regretful. Very cowardly just like you would be if you were caught and arrested, Buttocks. Those arrested aren’t smart enough to realize they committed treason against the USA that has a constitution and laws. They were the ones attacking the USA and being un American. This type of behavior can’t go unpunished or it’ll teach others there are no consequences for their actions. Those arrested are losers and now a police officer has died and the consequences are much higher. So far I’ve read about 4 arrests and in everyone of those cases those caught are very sorry or remorseful and making excuses for why they shouldn’t be punished. One guy was repeatedly punching a police officer with a closed fist and now he’s very regretful and sorry. A BLM protester would be dead in a similar circumstance. This shows how entitled these people are. They think they can break a bunch of federal laws without consequence. Another guy was the CEO of a company. What was he thinking? He said he wasn’t. I’m going to put my whole future in jeopardy for Trump? For my liberties? He’s probably a one percenter. Now he’s an unemployed idiot facing a potential 10 year jail sentence based on a law created by a Trump executive order originally meant for BLM protestors. Isn’t that rich?? These people that are being rounded up now, and there are hundreds that they’ve identified and should be locked up for their crimes and add 20% for stupidity.

      Contrary to your own stupidity most that voted for Trump don’t condone what happened last week. And for those that were ok with it they wouldn’t go near anything like that with a 10 foot pole if offered the chance.

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    George Washington

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:09 am

    Masks or no masks, out right to protest our own gevernment is protected by our first ammendment.
    Its not like 1 person there with the wu-flu infected the half million people that showed up in support of President Trump are all now infected after a few hours together.
    Such a weak article. Focus on the wu-flu situation in Thailand instead Thaiger

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