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Vaccines and Variants – The Dancing Grapevine

You seemingly love to bounce. I do too. Such as you, I’m wanting to get again to social dancing – however first we have to discuss deciding when to begin dancing once more that elements in vaccination and variants. Let’s discuss solutions for organizers that may assist decrease an infection dangers for attendees. Among the methods we are going to look at embody requiring vaccination, holding occasions outside, bettering air flow, and symptom screening or rapid-testing.


At the beginning, I need to acknowledge the privilege of gaining access to vaccines. Many communities all over the world, notably within the international south, might not have this entry for a lot of months to years. The pandemic has exacerbated present inequalities in each scale throughout society, and vaccine entry isn’t any totally different.

I additionally need to acknowledge all those that have died from COVID within the final 12 months, and their households and associates who’re nonetheless dwelling with their grief and loss. I need to acknowledge those that are nonetheless dwelling with long-COVID; I want for you restoration. I need to acknowledge all of the healthcare employees globally whose work has been deeply impacted, the folks dwelling diseases whose care have been deferred or worsened as a consequence of pandemic useful resource rationing, and everybody who has suffered economically, mentally, and emotionally. This has been a troublesome 12 months.

Concerns for dance organizers

When an individual or group brings folks collectively for a bodily, social exercise, throughout a worldwide pandemic, they’re agreeing to take some duty for what occurs throughout their occasion. Organizers must make aware selections on how a lot duty they’re prepared to bear, and make it clear to attendees what they’re agreeing to. Clear decision-making and clear communication are cornerstones for group belief. If organizers are contemplating accumulating info on vaccination standing, they should share with attendees how authenticity of data shall be verified (or disclose that no verification potential), and the way information shall be saved for privateness and safety.

Observe from Laura Riva: It isn’t unreasonable, particularly in our present time, to have occasions for totally vaccinated folks solely. I might encourage organizers to know their duty for group security. It’s solely cheap in a pandemic to require full vaccination for entrance to an occasion or social given the character of our dance. There are already organizers who require vaccination, and those that don’t. My private emotions apart, this implies there are alternatives for each those that are and should not vaccinated. 

For organizers who need to handle COVID-19 screening and vaccine verification, Danceplace has new instruments (some free!) that can be utilized that can assist you. 

The Threat and Security Gradient

Threat and security are relative, and exist on a gradient. Threat discount is additive, not absolute. One of many representations of this concept is the “Swiss Cheese Mannequin”, seen right here:

Graphic indicating how multiple levels of protection help stop the spread of COVID, similar as to how multiple slices of Swiss Cheese prevent a single hole from allowing something through.

Everybody has a unique danger tolerance as people or as an organizer. As well as, threshold of what they will tolerate as danger, each as particular person dancers, and as organizers. Organizers have to think about that they’ve the bigger duty of bringing a number of people collectively. Let’s discuss some features of the danger and security gradient.

Consideration 1: Native Incidence of An infection

Native incidence of an infection is necessary to think about no matter how many individuals in your space have been vaccinated. < 5 new circumstances per 100,000 folks during the last 14 days will be thought of low danger. For instance, in a metropolis of 1 million, lower than 50 new circumstances totaled over the earlier 14 days, and never rising exponentially, seemingly implies that the town’s public well being infrastructure can conduct correct testing and make contact with tracing to forestall additional unfold. This makes the group as an entire low danger at the moment. In unvaccinated or partially vaccinated communities, there’s nonetheless a excessive danger for superspreading occasions that can result in exponential development. So long as there’s mobility between communities, there’s all the time potential of variant introductions as nicely.

Observe from Laura: if in case you have a excessive incidence of native an infection, or draw strongly from areas that do, I strongly counsel suspending your courses, socials and occasions till issues are safer. That is according to finest practices by well being specialists.

Consideration 2: Setting and inhabitants

There are a couple of key setting and inhabitants concerns if you end up deciding whether or not to host or attend an occasion: Holding an occasion outside is safer than indoors. Vaccinated people are a lot much less prone to purchase or transmit COVID. The bigger a bunch is, the upper potential for transmission.

Symptom screening and speedy assessments act as extra layers of safety, however should not ample on their very own. Masks additionally add safety; the better-fitting a masks, the higher safety. Take into account that a “combined inhabitants” with vaccinated and unvaccinated/partially vaccinated attendees will increase the danger of illness transmission amongst everybody in attendance, together with amongst these which might be totally vaccinated. Here’s a graphic that signifies what I really feel could be a fairly secure occasion in several settings:

Observe from Laura: From what I’ve heard from well being professionals, it is very important stress {that a} coverage of masks for unvaccinated folks and no masks for vaccinated folks is troublesome to implement and never a finest observe. Additionally, I strongly advise towards an “honour system” for vaccination standing. As an organizer, there are all the time individuals who will reap the benefits of this – particularly after they ideologically disagree with the aim of a rule or assume it’s silly. Not having a verification system implies that you successfully don’t have any system. Please don’t do that.

If you’re on the lookout for a vaccine verification device, Danceplace has one which permits you to confirm vaccine standing as soon as for every participant.

What about symptom screening?

Observe from Laura: Danceplace has created a free device for symptom screening, useable by any organizer previous to any class, occasion, or social. As well as, here are fundamental and fillable variations of this survey you should use at your occasion, class or social. 

A “symptom declaration” display at the start of a dance social, occasion or class is one other device organizers can use.  Screening can nonetheless be helpful with totally vaccinated folks due to breakthrough infections and subsequent danger of transmission. The device inquires about any signs that could be COVID, or potential publicity to COVID. Given the uncertainty posed by evolving variants, the device serves as a further layer of safety to cut back the probability of unfold, and potential introduction of a variant into the communityLike all instruments, it has some limitations. For instance, it might nonetheless not establish all those that are ailing, and it’s depending on the honesty of these answering. Please reply actually, for the great of the group.

A behavioural incentive for folks to be trustworthy and never decrease their signs or publicity is for organizers to offer refunds or defer the ticket for a repeat of the occasion. This may concretely scale back the probability of COVID spreading at their occasion, and acquire group belief in return.

Here’s a pattern entrance symptom screening questionnaire:

1. Are you experiencing any of those signs?

  • Fever
  • New or worsening cough
  • Issue respiration/shortness of breath

2. Are you experiencing any of those unexplained signs?

  • Fever
  • New or worsening cough
  • Issue respiration/shortness of breath
  • Are you experiencing any of those unexplained signs? Please learn the checklist
  • Fatigue/malaise
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nostril
  • Nasal congestion
  • Digestive signs (together with nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • Lack of style/odor
  • Sore muscle tissues
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Headache

2. Have you ever been in shut contact at house, at work**, or in the neighborhood, with somebody who’s symptomatic and/or is being examined/awaiting check outcomes of COVID-19?

3. Have you ever been in shut contact at house, at work**, or in the neighborhood, with somebody who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 within the final 14 days?

4. Have you ever travelled internationally throughout the final 14 days?

** not together with those that work with COVID sufferers in healthcare settings in full private protecting tools which incorporates surgical masks/N95 masks/respirator, with eye safety, always.

If an individual solutions “Sure” to any of the above, the particular person mustn’t attend the social, class or occasion.

Contact tracing 

Many areas all over the world now have public well being mandates to maintain a report of everybody visiting their enterprise institution. This facilitates contact tracing if somebody assessments constructive after their go to. A dance social, class, or occasion isn’t any totally different. It’s the duty of the organizer to maintain up to date attendance data. The knowledge doesn’t have to be stored eternally; many jurisdictions suggest destroying these data after 30 days.

Observe from Laura: Digital gross sales are a extremely good technique to make this simple, because it normally gives a reputation and e mail for all attendees. Contemplate solely promoting tickets upfront and utilizing a digital device

What about speedy testing?

Speedy testing is a potential device, particularly for big future occasions. Nevertheless, they’re susceptible to each false positives and false negatives. There are numerous varieties of speedy COVID assessments. Europe has began to make use of them extra broadly and are engaged on extra correct assessments. Sooner or later, these jurisdictions utilizing them will provide clearer steering and examples on how they will act as a further protecting measure.

Are there different issues I can do?

Observe from Laura: Helen and I put collectively this infographic to stipulate among the steps you’ll be able to take to make your occasions safer. Do not forget that extra layers of safety are higher; it isn’t ample to only present sanitizer and name it a day. 

Particular person dancers: occupied with danger

With infectious ailments, there’s danger to self and danger to others. You in all probability already know your personal danger tolerance and your danger of an infection out of your social community.

Full vaccination (two weeks after the ultimate dose of your 2-dose vaccine, or 1-dose J&J vaccine) virtually solely eliminates the danger of extreme illness requiring hospitalization or demise. Nevertheless, there are exceptions that embody people who find themselves on immunosuppressive remedy, or very aged. These folks might not have the identical sturdy immune response to the vaccine.

For most individuals, if you’re totally vaccinated, the danger of buying extreme COVID sickness your self could be very low. The dangers to others rely in your work, household and social contacts. Are they vaccinated? Are they immunocompromised? Information means that the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) are very efficient at decreasing group transmission, together with asymptomatic transmission. Nevertheless, vaccinated folks can nonetheless probably transmit infections to others, with or with out signs. Totally different vaccines might fare in another way, so search for info in your vaccine. The chance seems to be small, however it is very important replace your data as new information turns into out there.

No matter your vaccinated standing, you’ll be able to determine what occasions have precautions that match your danger evaluation degree.


The scenario is consistently altering, so it is very important make your selections primarily based on integrating new details about the virus and its dangers. Thus far, the vaccines shield moderately nicely towards hospitalization and demise from present variants. The info is much less clear about safety from transmission for some varieties of vaccines. It’s potential {that a} new variant will evade the immunity conferred by vaccines, so be prepared to regulate your decision-making.

Observe from Laura: Dorry’s Ideas on Dance and the Pandemic is a wonderful Fb group run by a doctor within the USA that may be a nice useful resource for additional studying and data. I extremely suggest looking at it if you’re an organizer seeking additional steering. 


By Dr. Helen Hsu; edited by Laura Riva



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