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Up to 50,000 COVID-19 cases can be traced back to Mardi Gras 2020, study finds

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House in Bywater festooned with beads during Mardi Gras on 25th February 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Mardi Gras is the biggest celebration the city of New Orleans hosts every year.

The magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered pa (Barry Lewis)LOS ANGELES - More than one million people from all over the U.S.

were drawn to Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans last February during the dawn of the pandemic.Now, a new study shows the absence of COVID-19 safety regulations during that time period likely caused it to be a superspreader event that spawned up to 50,000 cases.Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute, Tulane University, LSU Health Shreveport and other institutions said in the pre-publication study,.

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