Risk Prediction of Indoor Sports and Culture Events for the Transmission of COVID-19 (RESTART-19)

Contact:                      Dr. Stefan Moritz, Prof. Dr. Rafael Mikolajczyk

Duration:                     sinde June 2020

Further information:  www.restart19.de


Simulation of the transmission risk of COVID-19 in the context of large indoor sports and cultural events. The research project RESTART-19 aims to simulate the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 due to a major event in a closed hall and to investigate the conditions under which such events can be carried out despite the pandemic without risking the health of the general population. During the experiment in the quarterback real estate Arena in Leipzig, vast amounts of data were created in August 2020. "Thanks to the active participation and enormous support of the participants, we were now able to develop a mathematical model, that shows which concepts should be implemented in mass gathering events in order to minimize the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission," explains Dr. med. Stefan Moritz, Study Guide of the Restart-19 project at the University Medicine Halle (Saale).

The trans-national project "Restart-19" of the University Medicine Halle (Saale) is supported by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digitization of the Land of Saxony - Anhalt and the Ministries for Science, Culture and Tourism or Social Affairs and Social Cohesion of the Free State of Saxony. Partner of the project are the SC DHFK Leipzig, Handball, and the ZSL operator company mbH.


Relevant publications:

Moritz S*, Gottschick C*, Horn J, Popp M, Langer S, Klee B, Purschke O, Gekle M, Ihling A, Mikolajczyk R. The Risk of Indoor Sports and Culture Events for the Transmission of COVID-19 (RESTART-19). medRxiv preprint doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.10.28.20221580 *shared first authorship