Are gatherings like NYC’s Homecoming concerts potential COVID spreading events? Evidence says no, but new variants could change that

Vaccinations continue to rise in New York City, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is counting on his vaccine mandate to help ensure that the coronavirus doesn’t spread among vaccinated people, including people at the city’s large scale Homecoming Concert series this week.

However, new variants — including one so new that it doesn’t yet have a Greek letter applied to it — may be a factor in making the large attendance events, as well as other gatherings, threatening to health.

Regarding the subject of mass gathering health safety, Thursday began with a most unusual musical pairing. Mayor de Blasio had invited funk music legend George Clinton to join him at City Hall for his daily briefing. Clinton was on hand to discuss his upcoming appearance at the city’s Homecoming Concert in Queens, set for Friday evening.

BROOKLYN, New York — Vaccinations continue to rise in New York City, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is counting on his vaccine mandate to help ensure that the coronavirus doesn’t spread among vaccinated people, including people at the city’s large scale Homecoming Concert series this week.

However, new variants — […]

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