Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the best infectious disease expert in the United States, told performing arts professionals at a virtual conference on Saturday that he believes theaters and other venues can be opened “for a while in the fall of 2021.” depending on the prevalence of vaccination and suggested that the public may still be required to wear masks for some time.
At a conference held by the Association of Performing Arts, Dr. Fauci tried to reassure people in the industry that the end of their acute economic pain was in sight, while emphasizing that the schedule depends on the country reaching an effective level of herd immunity. which he defined as vaccination from 70 percent to 85 percent of the population.
The industry conference, which typically draws thousands of attendees and includes hundreds of live performances, was moved entirely online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting the seismic impact of the outbreak on the performing arts. According to a study published this week by the American Arts Group, a national advocacy group, financial losses at the national level are estimated at $ 14.8 billion, with more than a third of nonprofit arts and culture organizations cutting or laid off their staff, and one-tenth are not “confident” that they can survive the pandemic.
In an interview with Maureen Knighton, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Dr Fauci said that if vaccine distribution succeeds, well-ventilated theaters and suitable air filters may not have to place many restrictions on performances. until the fall – except by inviting members of their audience to wear masks, which he said may continue to be the norm for some time.
“I think then you can start going back to almost full seating capacity,” he said.
Dr. Fauci was asked about the disappointment among some performing arts professionals that restaurants, bars, gyms and places of worship are allowed to open in some states, while theaters and other venues remain closed. In response, Dr. Fauci urged them to do more research on the quality of ventilation in their theaters and to explore how improved airflow could affect transmission.
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Life will only return to normal when society as a whole receives sufficient protection against the coronavirus. Once countries allow a vaccine, they will only be able to vaccinate a few percent of their citizens in the first few months at most. The unvaccinated majority will remain vulnerable to infection. The growing number of coronavirus vaccines show strong protection against the disease. But it is also possible for people to spread the virus without even knowing they are infected, as they experience only mild symptoms or none at all. Scientists still do not know if vaccines also block the transmission of coronavirus. So for now, even vaccinated people will have to wear masks, avoid the indoor crowd, and so on. Once enough people are vaccinated, the coronavirus will find it very difficult to find vulnerable people to infect. Depending on how quickly as a society we achieve this goal, life may begin to approach something as normal by the fall of 2021.
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He cited a German study of an indoor concert organized by scientists in August, which suggested that such events had a “low to very low” impact on the spread of the virus, as long as organizers provided adequate ventilation, strict hygiene protocols and limited capacity.
And he suggested that this area needs more such research. “What the performing arts have to do is do a little more than what the Germans do,” he said.
Dr Fauci also said that seats could mimic rules on some US airlines and require audience members to provide negative test results in order to gain access.
Vaccine distribution in the United States is already behind schedule, with state and local public health officials struggling to administer the vaccine to hospital workers and high-risk elderly Americans. Most people remain unsure when they could be protected.
Recognizing the pandemic fatigue felt across the country and the desire of artists and art administrators to return to work, Dr Fauci urged people to stay alert for public health measures so the industry can reopen.
“We will go back to the cinemas – the performers will perform, the audience will enjoy,” he said. “It will happen.”