The German scientists want to put on a concert to understand the spread of Coronavirus and to identify a framework. The performance from singer-songwriter, Tim Bendzko will be experienced by 4000 volunteers (who will wear a tiny contact tracer around their necks).
This may sound weird and surprising but German scientists are planning to put on a concert to be able to note the spread of Coronavirus. The study will take place at an indoor event in Leipzig on 22 August. The performance from singer-songwriter, Tim Bendzko will be experienced by 4000 volunteers (who will wear a tiny contact tracer around their necks). According to the Guardian, the tracer will set off signals every five seconds, recording data about the person's movements in relation to others. According to the officials, the purpose for organizing the event is "to identify a framwork for how large venues will, in the future, be able to reopen and start to function again without posing a danger for the population."
A face mask with an exhalation valve will be given to each concertgoer with the disinfectant. While organisers say these measures mean the risk of catching the virus at the concert is “extremely slim”, they also warn that 100% protection cannot be guaranteed.
By midday on Monday, 775 volunteers had signed up for the concert with Bendzko, a soul-pop singer whose 2011 debut album sold 500,000 copies in Germany.
At the Leipzig concert hall, a seating-only venue that has held sports events as well as concerts by Bob Dylan and Britney Spears, they will be asked to act out three different scenarios.
In the first scenarios, the audience will attend the concerts as they would have done in pre-virus times, entering through two main entrances before taking their seats. In the second, “optimised” scenario, the crowd will enter through eight entrances to facilitate less mingling, and every second seat on the stands will be blocked.
In the third, strictly socially distanced scenario, only 2,000 spectators will be allowed to enter the 12,000 capacity venue and be seated at a 1.5m distance from each other.
The scientists behind the concert say they hope to search through the mass of data in just over a month and present their findings in early October.