The stars and stripes mega-motorcycle rally has begun in South Dakota, which last year had turned into an authentic outbreak for the Coronavirus: according to a study, the infections connected to the Sturgis Rally 2020 were as many as 270 thousand
The doors of South Dakota are open for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2021, the gigantic motorcycle rally that takes place every year in the town of the same name located in Meade County. The great party on two wheels, which began on Saturday 7 August, will continue until Sunday 15, with hundreds of thousands of participants (700,000 fans from all over the world are expected) and many controversies. Last year, in fact, the event had turned into an authentic outbreak of Covid-19: a study by the University of San Diego linked 270,000 infections to the 2020 event.
We’re spreading our wings, we are spreading our wings. The slogan chosen by the organization of the Sturgis Motorycle Rally 2021 sounds vaguely sinister: the English verb to spread – which can also be translated as “to spread” – it is used in the medical field precisely with regard to contagious diseases. A bad omen? We hope not, but the perplexities remain despite the “green light” granted by the authorities. Especially in the light of last year’s precedent and the recent large-scale diffusion of the so-called Delta variant, which has literally made the contagion curve soar (now almost 100 thousand per day). Moreover, unlike what happens for other events organized on US soil, neither vaccination certifications nor negative swabs are required at the entrance of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: the only precautions taken are those concerning social distancing – hardly respectable, in a similar context – and the consumption of food and drink outdoors.
10 August – 17:47
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