Performing massive screening with rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test with nasopharyngeal smear the same day, requiring the use of an FFP2 mask for all attendees, and having optimal optimized ventilation are measures that guarantee safety against Covid-19 of the celebration. of musical events in closed environments.
This is clear from the ‘PrimaCov’ study carried out in the ‘Apolo’ room in Barcelona in December 2020 and which was carried out between Primavera Sound and the Lluita Foundation against AIDS and Infectious Malalties. In addition, it has been published in ‘The Lancet Infectious Diseases’.
In fact, the British journal highlights the relevance of the results of this study, according to which none of the 465 participants in the ‘Sala Apolo’ concert on December 12, 2020 gave a positive RT-PCR result for SARS- CoV-2 in the tests performed eight days after the concert, in contrast to the two positive people among the 495 participants in the control group.
The foundation researchers responsible for the study, Boris Revollo and Josep Maria Llibre, have been “proud” of having contributed to demonstrate the safety of large cultural events in closed environments. “Applying the appropriate measures, it is possible to resume activities that could not be carried out during the worst moments of the pandemic,” they said.
For his part, the director of Primavera Sound, Pablo Soler, has acknowledged that his work has shown that culture and science are complementary and can work together to produce results of transversal and universal scope.