Lollapalooza Is “A Recipe for Disaster” – Spike in COVID-19 Infections Expected in Two Weeks

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Lollapalooza went through Sunday, August 1, in Chicago’s Grant Park.

Heading into Lollapalooza weekend in Chicago, concertgoers were anxiously awaiting their preferred artists while transmittable illness specialists were bracing themselves for a spike in COVID-19 infections they prepare for will strike the week after next, stated transmittable illness specialists Dr. Tina Tan and Dr. Robert Murphy.

“It’s a recipe for disaster,” stated Tan, a teacher of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a pediatrician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

“You have people coming in all over from U.S., and even though the organizers are taking some efforts to mitigate infections, I don’t know how they’re going to enforce mask wearing, social distancing, handwashing. Not to mention some people bring their younger kids under 12 who can’t be vaccinated, and some of those parents are not vaccinated themselves.”

‘It’s drawing out of control’

“The numbers are going up,” stated Murphy, executive director of Northwestern’s Institute for Global Health. “When the case numbers increase, within 2 to 3 weeks, hospitalizations will increase. Then the ICU admissions increase, and after that the death rate increases. It’s drawing out of control.

“The organizers have actually set up a vaccine requirement or an unfavorable COVID test that disappears than 72 hours old, all this assists, however it’s simply insufficient when you’re in the middle of a pandemic.

“We haven’t even gotten to the middle of this pandemic yet. This is just going to keep being wave after wave until we all get immunity or vaccinated or both.”

‘Voluntary system didn’t work’

Murphy stated the existing spike in nationwide COVID cases is because of an absence of vaccinations consisting of more youthful individuals who are qualified to get the vaccines. 

“This current wave is because, for the first time, a single group of people refused to get vaccinated,” Murphy stated. “Even though vaccines are effective, safe, available and free, they’ve refused. On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) loosened its guidelines and recommended that vaccinated persons no longer needed masks indoors or outdoors, whereas the unvaccinated should continue to wear masks and socially distance from others. The CDC guidance recommendation was voluntary, and that didn’t work because many of the unvaccinated people cheated by not wearing masks or socially distancing; this is what primarily is  really driving the infection rates up.”

“We tried the carrot approach, now we have to utilize the stick approach.”
Dr. Robert Murphy, Infectious illness specialist

“The voluntary system didn’t work. What this will lead to is mandated vaccinations for employment, school, travel, social events and other public and private venues. We tried the carrot approach, now we have to utilize the stick approach.”

Holding out hope

“If everyone attending Lollapalooza is vaccinated or has a negative test, that’ll keep the numbers lower,” Murphy stated. “And I hope that happens. Maybe it’s even made a lot of younger people get vaccinated in order to come.”