The risk experiment in a discotheque rescheduled for October 17

Full-scale experimentation on the risks of transmission of Covid on
nightclub, which had been postponed at the end of June for lack of volunteers, will finally take place on October 17, announced this Wednesday the research agency ANRS / Emerging infectious diseases. Although nightclubs have already reopened on July 9, with
a health protocol and a gauge of 75%, this test will make it possible to advance scientific knowledge and improve measurements, hope its organizers.

“Despite the implementation of the health pass, cases of contamination have nevertheless been noted, highlighting the lack of data on the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within a vaccinated population in a promiscuous situation, on the effectiveness of control measures at the entrance to party places and on the relevance of a negative test of less than seventy-two hours ”, underlined the ANRS / MIE in a press release. “This is all the more important in the current context, where the Delta variant, more transmissible, circulates in a majority way in France”, continues the agency, even if the figures of the epidemic are in regular decline in recent weeks.

4,400 fully vaccinated people to recruit

The objective of the test is to assess the risk of infection and transmission “in people vaccinated during a clubbing evening, in a normal situation – that is to say in an enclosed place, in a gauge. full and without compulsory wearing of the mask ”. For this, the organizers want to recruit 4,400 fully vaccinated volunteers, aged 18 to 49, without a risk factor for a severe form of Covid-19 and living in Île-de-France (registrations on ). Half will attend the evening and the other half will not attend, in order to then compare the number of infections in the two groups.

Entry will be possible even in the event of a positive test, in order to be able to assess the risk of transmission. This experience will take place on Sunday, October 17, 2021, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., in two Parisian establishments, the Bellevilloise and the Machine du Moulin Rouge. Among the artists on the bill are DJs Laurent Garnier, Bambounou, Rag, Roni or LA CREOLE. The results of this study, called ITOC (for Indoor clubbing Transmission Of Covid-19) “Come back at night”, will be available at the end of the year, according to the ANRS / MIE.

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