In further proof the government’s strict coronavirus procedures may be falling on deaf ears, come the results of a poll from youth broadcaster triple J that found 57 per cent of respondents would still attend a music festival before a vaccine for the virus was found.
The radio station conducted the poll via its app and some 1500 listeners took part with 881 (57 per cent) saying they’d have no problems attending a festival in the current climate and 678 (43 per cent) agreeing it would be wrong to venture out at this time.
The results are almost the opposite of a similar survey out of the US conducted by Reuters that showed 60 per cent of the 4000 respondents said there’d be no way they’d be attending a live music event given the current pandemic.
Already, a raft of some of Australia’s most iconic music events have been shelved in the wake of CV-19 including Splendour In The Grass, Groovin The Moo, Download and Bluesfest.
Commenting on the findings, the ABC’s coronavirus expert, Dr Norman Swan, told triple j’s Dr Karl’s Science Hour yesterday that “social distancing is impossible at a music festival”.
Swan added: “You are in close contact with other people and it only takes a few people to be infected for that to spread, and if you’ve got one super spreader in there, you’re stuffed. It’s high risk.”
Swan added that presently Australia’s highest infection group – those aged 22-29 – are also the age group most likely to attend a music festival.
“That’s the group that don’t get symptoms and 50 per cent of spread is asymptomatic,” Swan said.
“What can happen is… it spreads within that age group and you get a very big spread but you don’t notice it in the statistics because you’re not testing asymptomatic people – how do you find them? It’s really hard.
“The triple j audience are the people… there’s a danger here – you’ve got it, you don’t know you’ve got it and you’re a spreader in the community.
“That’s the problem we’re worried about: the very people who go to music festivals are the people who don’t get symptoms and spread it big time,” the doc said.