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Health experts: Concerts, outdoor events still risky with delta variant – WOODTV.com

Posted: August 15, 2021 at 1:47 am

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) Concerts and outdoor events are returning, and many are requiring proof of vaccination as part of new safety protocols designed to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. But while experts say being outdoors is less risky in general, they continue to recommend additional precautions for those visiting crowded outdoor venues.

Health experts say the delta variant is more contagious than the strain American was dealing with last winter, and even fully vaccinated people need to be careful in certain situations.

If youre stuck in a crowd with people all around you, particularly yelling and screaming like at a concert or football game, I think thats a risky situation for you and I would try and avoid it right now, Dr. John Swartzberg said.

U.C. Berkeley Infectious Disease Expert Dr. John Swartzberg says those most at risk are people who are not yet vaccinated.

Dr. Aruna Subramanian, infectious disease professor at Stanford, agrees.

If you are doing those activities where youre close together and youre shouting, and cheering and singing, then you are likely to aerosol [the virus] if you have COVID-19 and there is a risk to those around you, Dr. Subramanian said.

In an effort to stem the spread, several concert organizers have adopted stricter rules for entry. Live Nation Entertainment has already said it wouldallow performers to decide whether there should be vaccine requirementsat their own shows, but later updated that statement to confirm that all Live Nation shows, regardless of performer, would require proof of vaccination or negative test results as of Oct. 4.

Concert promoter AEGalso announced vaccination requirementsfor all of its concerts and festivals, which include Coachella and the New Orleans Jazz Festival, among others.

But as more and more events agree to vaccination requirements, there are still those that have yet to adopt the measures.

At Levis Stadium where the San Francisco 49ers will kick off their preseason schedule, for instance, proof of vaccination is not required, nor is a negative COVID test. Masks are also optional in the stadiums outdoor spaces.

This is why health experts urge safety.

We dont know who is vaccinated and who is not, and unfortunately with the new virus thats going around, even if youre vaccinated you can have a lot of viral particles in your nasal passages, Dr. Subramanian said.

I always carry a mask with me, Dr. Swartzberg said. If Im going out with a walk with my wife, we always just have a mask in our pockets, because what if we run into six or seven people that we know and we dont know if theyre vaccinated or not?

Some scenarios, however, are at least considered less risky.

You can be the only person in a Trader Joes and that will be relatively risk-free, versus being intimate with somebody outdoors who is unvaccinated, UCSF Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong said.

It is suggested to use an N95 mask, or to double-mask, when around crowds of people at large gatherings.

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