Was Lollapalooza a COVID-19 super-spreader event?

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Mon Aug 30, 2021

After the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the United States and the mandatory wearing of masks in Chicago, should we consider the fact that Lollapalooza might have played an important role?


Approximately 385,000 people attended this four-day festival. We know that only people who have been vaccinated or who have a negative COVID-19 test report are allowed to participate in this festival. But we must also consider the fact that although you are vaccinated, you may still be a carrier of the virus. Chicago Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said that there is no evidence that this festival is a super spreader of the virus, so she has quelled all rumors. But the statistics state otherwise. According to reports, 203 participants of the festival were infected with the virus. Most of them may have been infected with the virus, and they may be potential spreaders because they do not know they are infected with the virus. Young people may go to parties or colleges and spread it to other people who come into contact with them.


According to reports, people developed symptoms after the festival. Health experts warned beforehand that if Lollapalooza occurs, there might be a surge in COVID-19 cases. All these people are vaccinated and hence minimal deaths or hospitalizations have been recorded. But what about all non-vaccinated people who have been infected by the people who have attended the festival? These are the people that are at risk. Also, risk of spreading is high when it comes to non-vaccinated people.


If the statistics are to be believed on average, more than two people die every day in the city, a 29% increase from the week before Lollapalooza. The numbers have moved in the wrong direction. A total of 294,270 new cases have been confirmed. Since last week, 394 cases have been reported every day, an increase of 39% compared to previous weeks.


Considering all these factors, Illinois has taken rigorous steps like making masks mandatory in the indoors and outdoors. The governor of Illinois says that there are no plans of closing down the state again. Hence, all its residents must abide by the rules to contain the virus.


We can agree on the fact that COVID-19 cases have risen 5 times after the event when compared to the weeks prior the event. Also, we need to remember that being vaccinated doesn’t make us invincible to the virus. Therefore, always wear a mask and stay safe.

 

 

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