How Risky Are Concerts? Billboard Asked An Infectious Disease Expert
By : Steve Knopper
Source : Billboard
For a year and a half during the pandemic, concerts seemed more dangerous than just about any other setting. Then came vaccines, and shows trickled back, from Madison Square Garden to Red Rocks Amphitheatre -- until the fast-spreading delta variant ripped through a Netherlands festival, leading to 1,000 infections, and the Foo Fighters postponed a show after a member of the band's organization tested positive. Then Chicago public-health officials reported just 203 of Lollapalooza's 385,000 attendees contracted COVID-19 and shows -- if they're outdoors -- seem safe again.
Or do they?