Concert fans in Germany are helping scientists better understand Covid transmission during live shows.
In an effort to better understand the transmission of Covid at live music events, German Scientists have enlisted the help of 4000 fans.
The study will help benefit music venues around the globe better understand how Covid transmits at large group gatherings.
The study will take place on August 22nd at Tim Bendzko’s show in Leipzig. To help understand and track transmission of the virus, fans will receive special neck devices that will record their movements during the show. UV sensitive florescent hand sanitizer will also be used to allow a better understanding of surface interaction.
Special face masks with air valves will be provided to fans prior to the show and are required during the performance. Fans are required to take a Covid swab test that will be provided 2 days prior to the show.
Head of clinical infectious diseases at the University Hospital in Halle, Stefan Moritz, who is spearheading the experiment, says: “We are trying to find out if there could be a middle way between the old and the new normal that would allow organizers to fit enough people into a concert venue to not make a loss.”
Concert venues are expected to reopen in England starting the 1st of August. This could be an experiment that those handling large music venues may wish to consider. Concerns of safety have forced closing large music venues here in the US with speculation that live music may not return until 2022.
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