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Scientists Are Setting Up A Live Concert To Study How Coronavirus Spreads
By Thanussha Priyah, 24 Jul 2020
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Live concerts have become a thing of the past as the coronavirus pandemic has restricted mass gatherings to curb the virus spread.
However, German scientists are now setting up a live concert for the sole purpose of finding out how COVID-19 gets transmitted at huge indoor venues, per The Guardian.
The scientists are seeking 4,200 volunteers between the ages of 18 to 50 to see German singer Tim Bendzko perform live at a stadium in Leipzig in August. The experiment, titled Restart-19, attach a wearable tracking device to the concertgoers to track their movements and their contact proximities with each other every five seconds.
The volunteers have to be tested negative for COVID-19 two days prior to the event, and they will have to show the proof at the door to ensure the safety of all participants. They will also be required to wear a face mask for the project.
“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,” the project’s coordinator and head of clinical infectious diseases at the university hospital in Halle, Stefan Moritz, told The Guardian.
There are already over 1,000 volunteers who have registered for the experiment. The live concert will take place on 22 August 2020, and the researchers hope to present their studies by October 2020.
[via Dazed, cover image via Shutterstock]
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