Returning to the world of music during COVID


Coachella Music Festival returns after being cancelled previous years due to COVID

Tania Pacheco, Editor

After endless months of what seems like a never-ending pandemic, there has been some leisure with restrictions and events. Tours and concerts that were previously announced before the pandemic were canceled and rescheduled until it was safe to have them again. With vaccines and proper regulations (such as wearing masks), artists are returning to touring and scheduling concerts. Big artists such as Harry Styles, Tyler the Creator, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, and Tame Impala, have hosted concerts and even announced tours. 

The CDC still recommends avoiding large gatherings, although they do not provide a specific number of people per event. If one were to go to a concert, it is important to be safe and follow protocols in order to avoid the spread of germs. 

It is important to make sure that one wears a mask and maintains the hands clean constantly. This is to ensure that the spread of germs is reduced. The CDC also recommends being aware of the risk factors of the area the event or concert will be held at. Some risk factors include the number of covid cases in the area, setting of the event, length of the event, estimated number of attendees, and exposure during travel. It is beneficial to check these risk factors to make sure that the risk of one getting covid is decreased.

When attending a large event or concert, it is very difficult to social distance due to the number of attendees and crowds there are. Now with the new Omicron variant, which is very contagious, it is important to make sure to keep yourself and others safe by wearing the appropriate facial coverings. The CDC strongly recommends wearing facial coverings and trying to social distance when possible. It is also recommended to always test for covid if you think you were exposed. Especially when attending a large event, it is a good idea to test for covid. 

As always, it is very strongly recommended to get vaccinated in order to protect yourself and others from severe side effects of covid. With omicron, although breakthrough cases are more likely, being vaccinated prevents fast transmission and reduces the likelihood of new variants. It is important to always keep in mind the health and safety of you and others. 

We have all been through a rough 2-3 years fighting this pandemic. With the ability to go back to normality, we should try to be as safe as possible in order to move forward from covid. If you are excited to see your favorite artist and band, it is important to try to keep yourself safe and others as well.