Scientists Are Holding A Music Concert To See How Covid-19 Spreads At Mass Gatherings

Much to the annoyance of sports fans and culture hounds, events with large audiences have been put on ice over the past few months thanks to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic. But as social distancing and lockdown measures start to ease up around the world, what’s the risk of such events? A massive new experiment plans to employ the help of a German pop star and 4,000 fans to find out.

Scientists at the University Hospital Halle (Saale) in Germany, funded by the federal states of Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony, are hoping to get insights into how the coronavirus might spread at mass gatherings by closely observing three different scenarios at a concert by German singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko at Leipzig Arena on August 22.

The volunteers, healthy people aged 18 to 50, will be tested for Covid-19 48 hours before the concert and they will only be allowed to enter if they test negative. The researchers will give the concert-goers an FFP2 filter face mask and a fluorescent hand sanitiser that allows the scientists to track the surfaces most often touched by audience members.

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