Keep an eye out for the coronavirus.

By Charles Opara

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an understandable and unstoppable desire for normalcy. However, in order to limit COVID-19’s spread, more than the methods used so far at high-profile events in 2022 are required.

The recent return of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, which was staged not long after a previous meeting of Washington, D.C. insiders evolved into a COVID-19 superspreader event, is a case in point.

The correspondents’ dinner was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the virus. This spring, the event organizers brought it back. On April 30, around 2,600 “journalists, celebrities, and political figures” gathered in an indoor ballroom.

Despite knowing that many notable people were present, they chose to do so, as Trevor Noah, a comedian and featured speaker, pointed out that night.

COVID-19 had made folks sick after they attended the Gridiron event earlier this month.

At least 70 people became sick at the Gridiron. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Attorney General Merrick Garland are among them.

The dinner organizers for the correspondents decided to go forward. Not unexpectedly, a growing number of visitors have tested positive for COVID-19, including CNN, NBC, CBS, Politico, and The Washington Post journalists.

President Joe Biden, who spoke at the dinner, is thankfully unaffected. But one of his Cabinet members, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, did.

The dinner organizers, to their credit, demanded confirmation of vaccination and a “same-day negative test.” However, the rising number of illnesses highlights the need to plan ahead — something that organizers of graduation ceremonies and other big springtime events should keep in mind.

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The meal for the correspondents was conducted inside. Everyone should be aware of the COVID-19 risk at this stage of the pandemic. The enormity of the event may have prevented it from being held outside, which would have been ideal. However, if staying indoors is the only choice, the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations strongly urge that masks be required for the time being.

Other novel ways include curtailing events to restrict the spread of COVID-19, ensuring that venues have current air filtration capabilities to clean circulating air, and building customized air filtration systems.

The dinner organizers, to their credit, demanded confirmation of vaccination and a “same-day negative test.” However, the rising number of illnesses highlights the need to plan ahead — something that organizers of graduation ceremonies and other big springtime events should keep in mind.

ultraviolet lights to further disinfect the air The dinner organizers for the journalists rebuffed an offer to install such lighting for free.

The recovery from the pandemic is well begun. COVID-19’s dangers must be minimized by innovation and clever techniques.

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