Germany’s COVID-19 live performance research reveals that secure occasions are attainable beneath very strict pointers
The results of the German coronavirus (COVID-19) concert study RESTART-19 are available.
The good news: safe shows are theoretically possible during the pandemic according to strictly enforced guidelines. The bad news: safe conditions for concert-goers are extremely difficult to reproduce in real scenarios.
A few months ago, the University Hospital Halle (Saale) held an experimental concert in the Quarterback Immobilien Arena in Leipzig to investigate how COVID-19 spreads at major events. Three scenarios tracked and tracked contact between approximately 1200 volunteers – the first run with no social distancing, the second with moderate social distancing, and the third with reduced capacity and sufficient spacing between groups of two.
As anyone would have guessed, the first scenario without social distancing went horrific, but as social distancing and ventilation became more strictly enforced, the potential risk of spreading the virus decreased. Dr. Michael Gekle, a researcher on the study, said, “There is no argument for not having a concert like this. The risk of infection is very low. “
“Such a concert”, also known as the most ideal scenario in the study, would mean working with an aggressively reduced capacity and forcing all spectators to wear N95 respirators at all times. “Such a concert” would also include increasing the number of event staff with more ticket and security staff. The study found that adequate room ventilation is also essential. The point here is – most of these factors are generally not cost effective for venues.
Creating a COVID-proof environment in a controlled environment is one thing, but applying it in real life is difficult. There is still a lot to learn about COVID-19 and super-spreading events. The music industry sees well in 2021 when major concerts will return.
Read the full study here – The Risk of Indoor Sports and Cultural Events for Transmission of COVID-19 (Restart-19).
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