German scientists conduct a study on 1500 volunteers at a concert to find out the extent of the Corona virus spread between gatherings

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                Within the so-called study (Restart 19), about 1500 volunteers, equipped with masks, hand sanitizers and tracking tools, attended a concert in a closed place in Germany as part of a study to simulate how the Corona virus spreads in large gatherings.  Researchers from the University Medical Center in Halle want to know how cultural and sporting events can be organized safely without putting the population at risk.
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                                    <p>In a study to simulate how it spreads <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/20200823-فيروس-كورونا-ينتشر-بين-الفرنسيين-دون-سن-الأربعين-أكثر-بأربع-مرات-ممن-هم-فوق-الـ65" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>Corona Virus </strong></a>At the big gatherings, about 1,500 volunteers attended Saturday's concert by German singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko in an inner square in Leipzig, a place that could be described as closed in Germany.  Volunteers were given masks of the type usually used in hospitals and bottles of fluorescent hand sanitizer at a concert.

Within the so-called “Restart 19” study, researchers from the University Medical Center in Halle want to know how cultural and sporting events can be organized safely without endangering the population.

I was surprised how disciplined everyone was.

Research team leader Stefan Moritz said at a press conference after The concert “I am very satisfied with the discipline shown by the participants … I was surprised by how disciplined everyone was in wearing masks.”

He added that the results of this study, funded by the states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, are expected to appear within a period of four to six weeks.

Participants were also equipped with contact tracing tools to help track the distance between concert-goers and to identify which parts of the square, such as entrance halls and amphitheatres, where people might converge together.

The researchers asked the participants to regularly disinfect their hands with a fluorescent disinfectant so that scientists, with the help of ultraviolet light, could see which surfaces are frequently touched and pose a risk of spreading the virus.

France 24 / Reuters

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