UPDATE: The 2021 Sturgis rally looks to be about the same as the 2020 rally. The 14 day incubation period is up and the number of new Covid cases is small. The rally this year was much bigger than the 2020 rally. The “experts” were wrong again.
As in 2020 dire predictions were made but it appears that the 2021 rally is no different. The experts in 2020 made dire warnings but nothing like they predicted happened. I predict this year at Sturgis won’t be too much different, except the number of attendees will be a lot bigger. It’s been claimed that 629 new Covid cases occurred at the 2020 ralley. I wrote in March 2020 and I could not find any proof of that many. Here is what I said then:
The 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Ralley attendance was 462,000. Nobody wore masks nor was there any social distancing. The number of new Covid infections was either 88 or 209, depending on which you believe. The former would be 0.02% new cases, the second 0.09% new cases. Neither is alarming. In fact, if these are actual numbers the need for masks and/or social distancing is clearly debunked. If any of the new cases resulted in serious illness and/or hospitalization I haven’t found any information on that. I assume there were none because if there were it would have made front page news across the country.
New cases are always fairly worthless anyway. There are many false positives in testing, and many cases that never develop into even slight illness. Most attendees at Sturgis have ridden many miles on their motorcycles to get there [I know, I know, lots of trailered bikes can be seen on the road to Sturgis] and likely are in fairly good physical condition or they wouldn’t be there. That being so, I’d say hardly anyone became ill after attending the Sturgis Rally. Maybe from drinking too much and smoking too much weed, but not from the Coronavirus.
We won’t know for a while yet what Covid problems might arise at this years’ ballet, but the lying about will be the first report, I predict.