Germany puts on concerts to study coronavirus spread in crowds

A university in Germany held a series of crowded pop concerts to find out how attendees could spread the coronavirus and whether large events can be safely resumed.

Some 1,500 volunteers attended the first of the indoor concerts of German singer Tim Bendzko in the city of Leipzig.

The well-known singer agreed to give three performances, allowing scientists to try out different social-distancing scenarios for each concert.

Volunteers were equipped with contact tracers to record their movement and track the path of the aerosols they emitted.

Fluorescent disinfectants were used to show the scientists which surfaces people touched the most.

The researchers from the University Medical Center in Halle expect the results of their study in four to six weeks.

Most events with big crowds have been put on hold around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Germany, large gatherings are banned until at least November.