Woman Takes Newborn To Trump's Tulsa Rally Without Mask, Even As Pandemic Grips Oklahoma

Woman Takes Newborn To Trump's Tulsa Rally Without Mask, Even As Pandemic Grips Oklahoma

Oklahoma is one of the ten states that reported their highest average of daily new Coronavirus cases since the pandemic started.

The caretaker of a newborn baby risked their life by taking the baby to Trump's Tulsa rally in Oklahoma. The caretaker had taken a video of the baby at the event at the BOK center at Oklahoma and posted it on Instagram. Both the caretaker and the newborn baby can be seen wearing no masks amidst a crowd, reported TMZ. This comes at a time when 10 states are reporting their highest average of daily new Coronavirus cases since the pandemic started, according to CNN. Donald Trump had ignored health experts' advice to not hold the rally with the Coronavirus cases shooting up in many states, including Oklahoma. 

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lifts a baby during a campaign rally in the Special Events Center on the Florida State Fairgrounds November 5, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


The woman who posted the Instagram story stated that the baby was just 3 weeks old and tagged it #BabiesForTrump. CDC has warned that babies are more susceptible to Coronavirus and called for people to take extra care. "Data suggest that infants, babies less than a year-old may be at higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus compared with older children," notes CDC.

"Transmission of Coronavirus to neonates is thought to occur primarily through respiratory droplets during the postnatal period when neonates are exposed to mothers, other caregivers, visitors, or healthcare personnel with Coronavirus," states the CDC. This clearly shows that country's health agency is warning against baby coming into contact with anyone who has Cornoavirus let alone a crowd of people. Also worth noting that a majority of the people at the rally refused to wear, going against CDC's advice, much like the President himself. This further increased the chances of the baby catching the virus. Oklahoma, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas were the states that posted record-high averages as far as new Coronavirus cases were concerned. 



Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, said the record-high cases were the result of community spread. "You can have a small percentage increase because of testing in terms of the number of cases," said Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. "But when you see 50% or 150% increase in the number of cases you are seeing — which is what we are seeing across the South — that's not testing. That's new cases. That's community spread."



The Trump campaign had also made it mandatory that supporters intending to make it to the rally should sign a waiver, absolving them of responsibility if they were to contract coronavirus at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The President's campaign asked supporters to RSVP their place at the event and the terms and conditions stated that by registering they were agreeing to acknowledge the "inherent risk of exposure to Coronavirus exists in any public place where people are present," reported CNN. The disclaimer clearly states that "by attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Coronavirus and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury." It just goes to show that Trump was willing to ignore the advice of health experts and risk the lives of his supporters if it meant he had a chance of getting re-elected in November. 



The Trump campaign estimated over 100,000 people at the 19,000 capacity BOK center. “The event in Oklahoma is unbelievable,” boasted Trump before flying to the city for the rally, reported The Guardian. “The crowds are unbelievable. They haven’t seen anything like it. And we will go there now. We’ll give a, hopefully, good speech. We’re going to see a lot of great people, a lot of great friends," added Trump. Only 6,200 turned up at the rally, according to the Tulsa fire department. 




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