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Health experts worry as President Trump rallies ignore rules

Public health experts have expressed concern over President Donald Trump’s largely mask-free, socially un-distanced Republican convention on the White House lawn on Friday, saying some of his 1,500 guests may have inadvertently spread Covid.

“There almost certainly were individuals there who were infected with Covid-19 but didn’t know it,” said Dr Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University.

Trump delivered his speech accepting the GOP presidential nomination at the Thursday night event, which continued a pattern of flouting coronavirus safety guidelines. Though public health officials have said outdoors is safer than indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also puts the risk of Covid-19 spreading at its highest at large outdoor events and in-person gatherings where people cannot stay 6 feet apart and attendees come from out of town.