Researchers at the University Hospital Halle in Germany are to conduct an experiment to study the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus by organizing a concert for 4,000 people.
Dubbed the “Restart-19” experiment, German researchers will closely follow and observe how the virus spreads in large gatherings using 4,000 people using different scenarios at a live concert set to be played by singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko on August 22.
“I am very happy to be part of the Restart-19 study. This tries to find out how concerts and sporting events etc. can take place safely in front of a larger audience. I would be very happy if you would support us and become part of the study as test subjects,” Bendzko wrote on an Instagram post on Tuesday, inviting fans to take part in the experiment.
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Liebe Freunde, ich freue mich sehr Teil der Restart-19 Studie zu sein. Diese versucht herauszubekommen wie Konzerte und Sportveranstaltungen etc. wieder sicher vor größerem Publikum stattfinden können. Ich würde mich sehr freuen, wenn Ihr uns dabei unterstützt und als Probanden Teil der Studie werdet. Alle Infos findet Ihr auf restart19.de. Das ganze findet am 22. August in der Quarterback Immobilien Arena in Leipzig statt. Ich freu mich ...das wird wohl das längste Konzert aller Zeiten. 🕺🏼
According to the research’s main website, the experiment will play out under three different scenarios. The first scenario will be played out in surroundings similar to ones done pre-COVID-19 but with participants wearing face masks. The second simulation, also with 4,000 volunteers, will see their movements controlled. The final scenario will have only 2,000 people practicing social distance measures of 1.5-meters of physical distancing from one another.
The volunteers will be healthy participants aged 18 to 50 and be each given a FFP2 filter face mask and a fluorescent hand sanitizer that will allow researchers to track the surfaces they touch the most.
“The study was ethically and professionally advised by the ethics committee of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the commission did not raise any concerns. Approval of the study was not required. The Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion agreed to carry out the study under the hygiene concept presented,” a disclaimer posted on the organizers’ website read.