Will indoor concerts be safe again? Music lovers weigh risks
So how risky are indoor concerts, actually?
Large indoor events
Indoor sports leagues like the NBA have recently increased their attendance capacity, but concerts create a different set of circumstances. After a COVID-19 outbreak in an Australian church, researchers blamed it on poor ventilation, the infectiousness of the primary patient and an enhanced ability of the virus to spread fueled by the act of singing.
“Singing has been demonstrated to generate more respiratory aerosol particles and droplets than talking,” the researchers wrote in a report published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
There are few places that might be less pandemic-friendly than a live, indoor concert with thousands of fans singing along all at once. After months of social distancing, COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, some scientists decided the best way to understand how the coronavirus might spread in large, indoor crowds would be to study just that.
There’s a growing body of scientific literature that shows that with the right COVID-19 mitigation measures, large, indoor concerts could be held safely. But some scientists, including those leading the studies, have reservations on how broadly these findings may be applied.
A study of 1,000 people at an indoor live music event in Barcelona last December found that the concert led to no cases of COVID-19 transmission, according to a recent publication in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
Attendees were required to take COVID-19 tests before entering and were required to wear N95 masks the entire time, but could sing and dance with no social distancing during the live performances. The venue enhanced ventilation and implemented crowd directing and control, and participants needed to use two smartphone apps for contact tracing and communicating test results after the event.
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June 10, 2021 at 05:35PM