Health virus: "No sign" contagion during a concert-test of 5,000 people in Barcelona
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experience has What to give hope to the world of culture: there has been, according to the organizers, "no sign" of contagion after the concert-test of 5,000 people at the end of March in Barcelona, in Spain where a masked audience was able to dance, without distance.
two weeks after this concert of the Love of Lesbian Group held on March 27, "there is no sign that suggests that a transmission (of coronaviruses) took place during the event, which was the The objective of this study ", according to the data provided by the public health system, said, delighted, Dr. Josep Maria Llibre, from the Badalone German Trias I Pujol Hospital, at a press conference.
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The concert could be the answer to ending social distancing.On Saturday, 5,000 rock fans packed into Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi concert hall to watch Love of Lesbian play a set. To get in, fans had to pass a same-day coronavirus test, and wear a medical-grade face mask provided by the concert organizers for the duration of the show.
the public, which had been fully subjected to an antigenic test before the concert, wore FFP2 masks.
This concert "proves that one can lead a massive test campaign in a morning and fluidly," said the doctor.
fifteen days after, only six positive "asymptomatic" cases on the 5,000 spectators were officially detected as part of the usual controls of the health system and the organizers are certain "only four of these six cases, the transmission does not have took place during the concert ".
as for the other two, "there is a very high percentage of probability so that they have not been contaminated Here (in the show room, NDLR), because the measures we have put in place are safe, "said Boris Revollo infectiologist. On the other hand, the organizers were not able to indicate how many people had taken a test within two weeks of the concert because unless you have symptoms or to be a case-contact, the participants did not have any reason to perform one.
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It is therefore possible that asymptomatic people could not be detected.
- No "Super Transmission" -
contacted by AFP, Dr. Revollo confirms that the number of cases of infection can not be established, if he had to have had during the event.
"It can be said that there has been no + super transmission + during the concert. It demonstrates that it can be organized safe events to avoid the transmission of coronavirus," says it.
The public had simply given the authorization for a possible positive test occurring within two weeks after the event be notified by the health authorities to the organizers of the study.
In addition to the FFP2 tests and masks, ventilation as well as home capabilities in critical places like the toilets were strictly controlled.
organized by a group of festivals, musical promoters and the Germans Hospital Trias I Pujol who wanted to show that concerts are possible despite the pandemic, this experience is one of the few to have taken place in Europe in the current music.
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Another test concert took place in early March in the Netherlands with 1,300 people.
But it was already in Barcelona, in December, with the same team of researchers, that 500 participants had attended a concert, standing, glued to each other but masked. This time, they had undergone a PCR test and eight days later, none had been infected.
"Once again, Barcelona and the Barcelona culture are pioneering in an unprecedented situation where the cultural activity must be preserved with all the sanitary guarantees", rejoiced Jaume Collboni, first deputy to the Mayor of Barcelona during this conference Press.
"It is possible to relax the restrictions and combine this with the cultural activities that must resume," he still insured.
"The world had eyes riveted on us," Angels Ponsa, Culture Advisor in the Catalan Regional Government. "The day of the concert, we took in their arms, tears in my eyes: it seemed impossible to us and made it possible," she added.
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