Trump campaign team weighing options as WHO declares asymptomatic carriers don’t infect others and outbreak in China may have started far earlier than first believed.
As the US gets a handle on the Wuhan Coronavirus and more states ease their pandemic restrictions, President Donald Trump is making plans to hit the road once again to for his reelection campaign.
Given the significant economic news, both in terms of unemployment numbers and stock market gains, the Trump campaign is hoping to capitalize on greater freedoms and recovery and hold a rally within the next two weeks.
Trump’s advisers are still determining where the rallies will take place and what safety measures will be implemented, depending on the type of venue chosen. Campaign manager Brad Parscale is expected to present Trump with possibilities within the next few days.
The president has been itching to resume his boisterous rallies, his favorite way to connect with supporters and let off steam. He’s planning to use the events to drive home what is expected to be a major theme of his campaign: that he is the leader of the country’s reopening and economic rebound. Trump held a hastily-called press conference Friday to celebrate an unexpectedly strong jobs report, and his campaign immediately began running a massive ad campaign seizing on the news.
There is fresh evidence that Trump can safely hold the rallies, especially if they adhere to rules related to being in good health. The World Health Organization reported asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus do not infect others.
“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said at a news briefing in Geneva, CNBC reported.
“It’s very rare.”
Health officials warned early on that asymptomatic carriers could be fueling the spread by stealth –but Van Kerkhove said that while asymptomatic spread can occur, it is not the main way the virus was being transmitted.
“We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing,” she said.
“They’re following asymptomatic cases. They’re following contacts. And they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare,” she said.
Additionally, research into the origins of the coronavirus in China continues. New information about satellite imaging of hospitals around the Wuhan area and internet searches using terms describing COVID-19 symptoms show the outbreaks in central China may have started as early as late last summer.
A new study from Harvard Medical School led by Dr John Brownstein analysed commercial satellite imagery.
His team ‘observed a dramatic increase in hospital traffic outside five major Wuhan hospitals beginning late summer and early fall 2019’.
He said the traffic surge ‘coincided’ with a rise in internet searches for symptoms that are ‘closely associated’ with coronavirus, ABC News reported.
…Brownstein said his results were ‘pointing to something taking place in Wuhan at the time’.
He said that on 10 October 2019 there were 285 cars parked at Wuhan’s Tianyou Hospital – 67 per cent more than the 171 recorded that same day a year earlier.
Other hospitals revealed a traffic increase of up to 90 per cent between autumn of 2018 and 2019, the study showed.
Wuhan Tongji Medical University saw a spike in car traffic in mid-September 2019.
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