Let’s learn from the mistakes of others.
From a Daily mail UK Article.
On March 10, 60 members of the Skagit Valley Chorale attended a scheduled singing practice at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church in Washington.
They used hand sanitizer and refrained from hugs or handshakes at the meet up.
Weeks later, 45 out of 60 people at a singing practice became ill.
Experts say the virus may have been transmitted through the air at the rehearsal even though they practiced social distancing.
From a Washington Post article.
The coronavirus was spreading. The parties went on. Now comes the pain.
Jazz drifted through the air, mingling with laughter among old friends. Burgers were on the grill. Drinks were being poured.
It was the first Friday of March, and everyone among the tight circle of active and retired sheriff’s officers who had been gathering annually for 20 years knew exactly where to be: Bert’s, a legendary Detroit hangout.
Donafay Collins, a popular 63-year-old commander in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office who moonlighted as a Motown DJ and taught colleagues how to ballroom dance, made his way through the crowd, resplendent in black-on-black tie and shirt.
He was happy at work, he told friends. His family was healthy. Life was good. “What a night!” he wrote on Facebook the next day.
Less than three weeks later, at least seven partygoers were sick, down with covid-19. Dozens more were ill at the sheriff’s office. And Collins, a father of four, was dead.
From a Guardian UK Article.
On 15 February, a merry crowd wearing clown wigs and jester hats gathered in the town hall of Gangelt, a small western German municipality nestled by the Dutch border, to ring in the peak of the carnival season.
Beer and wine flowed aplenty as approximately 350 adults in fancy dress locked arms on long wooden benches and swayed to the rhythm of music provided by a live band.
During an interval in the programme, guests got up to mingle with friends and relatives at other tables, greeting each other as Rhineland tradition commands, with a Bützchen, or peck on the cheek
A carnival committee of 11 men in red-and-white uniforms compered the four-hour event and gave speeches on topical issues. Covid-19, the virus that had been detected on German soil for the first time two weeks earlier, was not among them.
Yet the coronavirus is the single reason why the carnival session in Gangelt is now drawing close attention from scientists from around the world: seven people who walked out of the event later tested positive for the virus. A 47-year-old man who performed in the “male ballet” at the Gangelt carnival was the first person in Germany admitted to intensive care with the infection.
Gangelt is in the Heinsberg district, which is home to 42,000 people and has since had 1,442 infections and 43 fatalities, more than any other administrative district in the country. The national media has started to refer to it as “Germany’s Wuhan”.
A hundred days after a Chinese government website announced the discovery of a “pneumonia of unknown cause”, it has become clearer that the dynamics behind the virus’s rapid expansion across the globe has relied heavily on such “cluster effects”.
Six examples of how social, cultural or religious gatherings contributed towards the spread of the virus.
- Germany Heinsberg: At least seven people pick up the virus at a carnival party
- US New Orleans: Mardi Gras is thought to have played a part in spreading the virus
- Australia Bondi beach: At least 30 people become infected at a beach party the night before restrictions come into force
Comments From Experts.
Center for Disease Control(CDC).
“These findings highlight the importance of adhering to current social distancing recommendations, including guidance to avoid any gatherings with persons from multiple households and following state or local stay-at-home orders,” the CDC said.
“I think what we’re seeing now in a lot of places are the consequences of some of those events,” said Harvard epidemiologist William Hanage. “Once you have a large gathering, you have an opportunity for a large number of infection chains to start off in one go.”