Summer concerts are almost here, but will they be safe? What you should know

Coronavirus can be spread by coughing or sneezing. Other people inhale those droplets and airborne particles. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus can also be transmitted from contaminated surfaces. However, this is not the main mode of transmission.

Tank and The Bangas, a New Orleans-based group, perform at The Broadside on March 21 for a physically distant crowd.

According to the CDC, people who are in close proximity to crowds or indoors are at greater risk of getting sick. Unvaccinated as well as vaccinated individuals should avoid large or medium-sized gatherings. However, if you do decide to go to a concert, these are the things you need to know.

Before you go to a concert

To find out if the venue is following CDC guidelines or similar precautions from the local government, call the venue or visit its website. Ask about physical distancing and continuous mask wearing. Also, make sure to check for areas where you can wash or sanitize your hands.

The location of the event can also impact the risk. Outdoor events are safer than indoor events according to CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wein, a visiting professor of public health policy and management at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Wen stated that a larger space with limited capacity will be safer than one with lots of people.

Ask “how ventilated” indoor concerts. Dr. Ada Stewart is a family doctor with Cooperative Health in Columbia, South Carolina and president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. A well-ventilated space will have fans, open windows and doors. Portable air cleaners with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air filter) filters are also a great help.

Wen stated that if the relevant staff is unable to answer questions regarding ventilation, then “assume it’s not well ventilated, then make sure they have other mitigation measures.” You should make sure that masks are properly installed. Ideally, you would like 10 feet of distance and not only 6 feet. If that is not possible, I would advise against going unless you are vaccinated.

If you’re traveling long distance

The CDC advises people who are not vaccinated to stay at home. However, those who do decide to travel should follow the following guidelines:

* Have coronavirus testing done at least three days before.

Wear a mask if you travel on public transport. When you are driving, use a mask to protect your face from gas, food, and toilet breaks.

* Keep at least 6 feet from other people.

* Wash your hands before and after each stop.

* Take another test three to five days following your trip. No matter what your results, self-quarantine is recommended for seven days. Self-monitoring for Covid-19 symptoms

* Respect all local mandates and recommendations.

People who have been vaccinated can travel domestically again, but they should avoid large or medium-sized gatherings and keep in mind the precautions above. They do not have to be tested prior or after their trip, unless they experience Covid-19 symptoms.

What to expect and what to plan

Check out the information about how to check in for the concert. This could include temperature checks and electronic methods. To avoid congestion and crowds, you might plan to arrive early for the concert.

The CDC suggests that you bring a mask and hand sanitizer to use at all times. Wipe down surfaces such as handrails and seats before touching them.

Many businesses have shut down public water fountains so you may need to bring your own water or purchase it at the venue. You can order food to take or pack food so that you can enjoy it outdoors, away from other people.

Regina Davis Moss, associate executive director for health policy and practice at American Public Health Association, stated that before the pandemic, concerts were “a lot more noisy than usual”.

Krystal Pollitt is an assistant professor of epidemiology and chemical and environmental engineering at Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science.

Pollitt stated that keeping your voice at a normal volume is reasonable, especially considering the nature of the concert. She said that classical music concerts are likely to expect silence from the audience. However, this might not be true for other concerts like rock or pop concerts.

Pollitt stated that a layer of infectious disease control is necessary to minimize the risk of transmission.

The CDC recommends that you avoid using the bathroom during high-traffic times like intermission and after the event.

 

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