Several Glastonbury Festival attendees have reported testing positive for COVID-19 in the days following the music event.
An estimated 200,000 music fans flocked to Worthy Farm in east Somerset for the 37th iteration of the show. Glastonbury last week.
Crowds gather to see celebrities Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar among many other artists for the world’s largest outdoor festival.
After three years of cancellation due to COVID limited, tens of thousands of music fans couldn’t help but mingle as they mingled with their favorite artists, side by side with other fans.
But the fun quickly ended after many cheery players took to Twitter to report bringing COVID-19 home with them.
The Times science reporter and the religious affairs reporter are among them. Kaya Burgess tweeted: “I had a great time in Glastonbury. The magic of it is limitless. Even though I brought home an unwelcome memento… I have been avoiding Covid for 2 years. five and a half.
“And all it took to catch it was jostling in the field with 200,000 others. Who would have thought.”
Another Twitter user named Alice wrote: “Finally it found me! I got a positive result in a covid test. So much to look forward to after my time in Glastonbury, hug everyone I know. Better than catching him in a bloody office. I’m stuck in bed and can’t handle the TV. No appetite. Forget about feeding furs.”
GP intern Katy Stevenson tweeted: “returning from Glastonbury 2022 with a tan, heart full of hope and head full of COVID”.
And Sarah Merrick wrote: “Half of my Glastonbury gang tested positive for covid this evening, including my partner. I’m not feeling well either but still testing negative.”
During the festival period, a COVID policy has been posted on Glastonbury’s official website detailing some of the measures it recommends festivalgoers take.
It advises anyone with a respiratory infection to “try to stay home” and recommends that everyone bring a mask to Worthy Farm.
And those who tested positive for the virus while attending the festival were encouraged to “try to isolate and avoid contact with others”.
All COVID restrictions in the country, including the quarantine measure after testing positive, were removed by the government in February.
It comes as several experts including Professor Tim Spector, of symptom research app ZOE COVID, said a fifth wave of coronavirus had begun.
“We’re in a wave at the moment,” he told The Independent, “which is heading towards a quarter of a million cases a day, which is a wave already.”
Professor Spector added that summer events could “potentially have a big impact” on COVID rates.
He said: “Events like Glastonbury will increase the number of cases but the question is what percentage they account for.
“We’ve loosened things up most people don’t think there’s a COVID problem at the moment, most people don’t wear masks, or even worry about cold-like symptoms.”