Liverpool Live Events Trials lead to “No Detectable Spread” from COVID-19
Liverpool attempts to test for COVID-19 transmission at live events have resulted in “no detectable spread”.
In April and May, more than 13,000 people reportedly attended two nightclub events, a music festival in Sefton Park, and a three-day business conference. Participants had to take a lateral flow test and show a negative result before participating. Face covering and social distancing were not required.
According to the BBC, “In this process, five people were unable to participate after testing positive, four people may have had the virus at an event, and seven had the virus four to seven days after participating.”
Of the eleven people who tested positive after the events, “two people were at the Sefton Park performance and nine had attended the club events.”
However, less than half of the participants returned to a PCR test as directed five days later.
Even so, Liverpool Public Health Director Matt Ashton calls the studies “undoubtedly a success”.
He says lateral flow testing is a “key piece of the puzzle” as event organizers, public health teams and partners work to ensure the safe return of live events.
Prof. Iain Buchan of the University of Liverpool says, “Timely data and acting quickly to track and test contacts from people who tested positive both before and after the events were key to containing potential outbreaks.”
Source: BBC | Photo credit: Shutterstock / Anna Omelchenko