Germany used three pop concerts to allow scientists to investigate the risks of such mass indoor events during the pandemic.
About 4,000 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 50 were invited to sign up for a study on August 22 in Leipzig, conducted by the University of Halle.
Singer-composer Tim Bendzko has agreed to take part in three consecutive concerts.
The study came when Germany registered its highest number of Covid-19 infections since late April.
More than 2,000 cases have been registered in Germany in the last 24 hours, with a total of 232,082 cases, according to the Robert Koch Institute.
The concert study, called Restart-19, was created “to investigate the conditions under which such events could take place despite a pandemic,” the researchers said.
The scientists planned to execute three different scenarios with about 4,000 visitors at the Quarterback Immobilien Arena in Leipzig on August 22nd.
The first aims to simulate a pre-pandemic event; the second with greater hygiene and a certain social distance; and the third with half the numbers and with each person standing 1.5 meters away.
Each stage script includes arrivals and departures from the stadium and performances by Tim Bendzko, “to portray the audience’s behavior as realistically as possible.”
All participants were tested for Covid-19 and given face masks and tracking devices to measure their distance. Exactly how many volunteers showed up remains unclear.
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German researchers use fluorescent disinfectants to track which surfaces audience members touch the most.
The project received 990,000 euros ($ 1.17 million) in funding from the provinces of Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony to help pave the way for the resumption of major indoor sports and music events by establishing realistic levels of risk.
The Minister of Economy and Science of Saxony-Anhalt, Prof. Armin Willingmann, said before the event: “The Crown Pandemic has paralyzed the event industry.
“As long as there is a risk of infection, large concerts, trade fairs and sporting events cannot take place. That is why it is so important to identify which technical and organizational conditions can effectively minimize risks. “