A Live Concert Was Held For Science and It’s Good News
In December, a group of medical officials got together with a festival promoter to hold a music festival, with people in a real venue. The festival featured DJs that I don't even want to begin to try and pronounce their names, but just know they are popular for the area. Attendees were allowed to be around each other and even dance. Remember dancing in a group?
The idea behind this concert was for medical officials to test and see if live music in 2021 could even be possible in our current environment and test run rapid testing for COVID-19. People were invited to the concert for free, rapid testing was administered, masks were required, and there were sanitizing stations throughout the venue. Other than that, no other real rules were put in place for the attendees. They were allowed to stand, mingle, dance, drink, and even talk with each other during the show.
As they arrived to the event, each person was tested using a rapid test. If they were negative, they were either allowed in or randomly selected to be part of the control group while the others were allowed into the show. This allowed the greatest diversity for the medical officials to test their final results.
The results were actually quite inspiring for something a lot of us have missed for a year now. According to Primavera Sound, concert goers who were required to wear actual N95 masks and sanitize their hands were tested eight days later after the concert. Of the 460 plus concert attendees, none of them tested positive after the eight-day period after the concert. However, the control group that did not get to see the concert came back with two participants showing infected with COVID-19.
What does this mean? It means there is a good chance we might get to see live shows partially like normal in the future. We just will have to rock a mask, wash our hands, and have a rapid test or two done before we enter.