Photos from Trump's Florida rally show supporters close together and not wearing masks even after Trump experienced COVID-19 first hand
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President Donald Trump held his first rally in Florida since being diagnosed with COVID-19 less than two weeks ago. Thousands of supporters packed on to the Orlando Sanford International Airport on Monday to hear Trump speak, many of whom did not wear masks or properly socially distance.Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 10 days ago in the early morning hours of October 2.
Source: Business Insider Over a dozen of his close associates and White House staffers also tested positive for the virus.
Source: Insider Many of those in the president's circle who tested positive attended a September 26 event where Trump formally announced his Supreme Court nominee.
At least 150 attended that event, and many did not wear masks or practice social distancing. Source: Business Insider Ahead of the rally, the White House doctor said Trump had tested negative on "consecutive" days and is no longer infectious — but did not specify what days Trump tested negative on.
Source: Business Insider Rally attendees included GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Trump fundraiser Kimberly Guilfoyle, neither of whom are pictured (below) wearing masks.
Source: Business Insider While the event was held outside, which reduces transmission, experts have said that maintaining social distance and wearing a mask reduced the risk of coronavirus transmission.
Source: Business Insider Florida has been badly hit by the pandemic.
The state has had over 736,000 cases with more than 15,000 deaths.
Source: Florida Department of Health The state was a hotspot for most of the summer and while cases began to drop, they shot back up after Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed restaurants and small businesses to fully reopen, late last month.
Source: Business Insider The US as a whole has had more than 7.8 million coronavirus cases and over 214,000 deaths.
Source: Johns Hopkins University
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Other Trump supporters said they knew how serious COVID-19 can be — so they took precautions like social distancing and wearing masks Audie Lind, another Minnesota Trump supporter, told Business Insider he stood by a roadside near Lake Minnetonka and greeted the president's motorcade as Trump arrived at a private fundraiser in Shorewood. Lind said he was concerned for the health of the president and the first lady in the wake of their diagnosis, but not so much for his own, since he hadn't attended the fundraiser himself and hadn't come in direct contact with Trump or his staffers. Lind added that there were only 20 to 25 Trump and Biden supporters on the roadside with him as the motorcade drove by, and that they had maintained social distance. Still, he said it was worrying to learn of Trump's diagnosis. "It is surreal [Trump] was diagnosed with the virus within 48 hours of his Minnesota rally visit," he said. "I am concerned for anyone exposed at any rally and wish President Trump and the first lady a fast recovery." As for himself, Lind said he felt "normal" on Friday and was even headed to the gym for a workout. "I work 25-30 hours a week in a busy local restaurant and I feel I'm as much [at] risk to get it there or anywhere," he said. One Trump supporter, Joshua Narramore, told Business Insider he would consider following the Minnesota Department of Health's guidance to get tested after attending the rally in Duluth, though he had "faith that everything will work out." He said he brought his wife and three young children to the rally, but they tried to position themselves away from others, and all of them wore masks, though they occasionally removed them. Narramore also said staff took attendees' temperatures before allowing them to enter the rally, and handed out free masks and hand sanitizer. 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