Scientists are holding a huge scientific experiment in an arena in Germany to see how coronavirus might spread at a concert.

A team from the University Medical Center of Halle (Saale) has launched RESTART-19, which aims to simulate the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 due too a major event in a closed hall and to investigate the conditions under which such events can be carried out despite the pandemic without risking the health of the general population.

The project is looking for 4,000 volunteers/music fans to attend a Tim Bendzko concert on August 22 at Leipzig Arena.

A concert simulation with three different scenarios and a total of 4,000 test persons in the QUARTERBACK Immobilien ARENA will be conducted.

  • Scenario one will simulate an event with 4,000 visitors and an event sequence, just as before the beginning of the pandemic.
  • In scenario two, 4,000 visitors will be admitted to the concert, but will go through an “optimised hygiene concept” and there will be significantly larger distances between participants.
  • In scenario three, a distance of 1.5 metres will be maintained in the spectator stands. During this scenario only about 2,000 test persons will be involved.

During the event all participants will be equipped with a Contact Tracer. This will constantly measure and record a person’s distance to other participants. This makes it possible to measure the number of critical contacts of each individual participant. This makes it possible to identify special risk moments and situations during a major event and to identify the focus points for future hygiene concepts.

Furthermore, all participants will be equipped with a fluorescent hand disinfectant. The participants will be asked to use it regularly to disinfect their hands. The disinfectant, which deposits on frequently touched surfaces, can then be detected by UV light. Therefore, particularly dangerous surfaces can be identified, which can then be given special consideration in future hygiene concepts.

The scientists are funded by the federal states of Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony. Petra Köpping, Minister of State for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion at the Free State of Saxony, said of the experiment: “If we want to allow major events again in the future, we need scientific knowledge about how we minimise the risk of infection and can create more security for all participants. I am very pleased, that we can support such an important project across borders and thus enable the way back to more normality.”

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