Littrell Controversy part 2 Concerts amid COVID.
Adding the controversy was what many considered the Litrells' blatant disregard for COVID-19 especially with the holiday concert on Dec 12, 2020. I support the decision to do it based on what I have read and heard so far about how the virus spread with some caveats To be clear I am not advocating for wanton recklessness. I still wear masks when required and I chose to go somewhere with restrictions I'd follow them. Most of time I am alone or with my parents so I don't have to worry about crowding
If you have followed the news about the virus, you know it is always changing. First they said 15 consecutive minutes of close contact with an infected person now it is 15 minutes over 24 hours. Close contact is more than six feet. I read an interesting review of literature by bmj.com which I will post on the bottom. The one thing that stood out to me was that not all places are equally risky. It depends on different things such as air circulation capacity , and whether people have to raise their voices increasing the spread of aerosols and whether masks are worn. They mention that meat packing plants were the most affected because they conditions were not met.
Keep in mind that is not taking place at a large arena, but a small theater. As long as distancing and mask protocols are followed I have no problem with it. However, I do have to two objections. One, I would have prohibited any close contact during the meet and greet. Photos would be fine but no selfies.Second, I was wondering if the venue could have provided an alternate location. One venue near where I live initially suspended all in person events but then moved them to their terrace and then outside a museum still with low capacity and distancing Of course I don't what the winters are like in Atlanta so it may be not possible.
From my experiences The virus has behaved in some unpredictable ways. Keep in mind with a two week incubation period a person may not have not contracted it where they first showed symptoms. That 's what happened at my last job. In June 2020 a month after we officially opened again after limited operations people reported they had COVID-19 but it was concluded that they did not contract it in the facility . Of course all the precautions were taken. The facility was closed early for extra sanitization. There was contact tracing and everyone in close contacts were quarantined . However, we stayed opened and everyone was safe. Even before this precautions like mandatory masks in common areas and distancing were in place . Dividers were also put up at some desks.
Another atypical example was my pastor. Despite being high risk with asthma he did not fall gravely ill and as far as I could tell he did not contract it at the church. The unfourtnate effect of this was that attendance dropped at the service I attend despite it being a low capacity mask required service However I understood that as they may have not known or wanted to play it safe.If it was proven that my pastor contracted at the church I would have not gone back. H
If attending this event made you uncomfortable that's fine Everyone has to make decisions for their well being . However, in light or current science and how I seen the virus behave I did not think it was completely imprudent as long as the proper prcautions were in place.