Activities on Mardi Gras day in Mobile and beyond on Tuesday are risky and can lead to unnecessary tragedies in the waning months of the coronavirus pandemic Two authors of the startling research on last year’s New Orleans Mardi Gras said

The study published last week showed how Virus 50000 people infected in Louisiana caused by last year’s carnival celebration, the analysis reveals the super-spreader event to a possible transport company that likely traveled from Texas and carried the virus about two weeks before Fat Tuesday, Jan. February brought to New Orleans

While the study only looks at New Orleans, an early “hot spot” during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak last spring, the authors have concerns about Mardi Gras events rising after Fat Tuesday Although the official balls and parades in Mobile were canceled, unauthorized street parties and impromptu parades took place in the run-up to Fat Tuesday, and on Tuesday the city will close the streets of the city so night owls can be socially distant during the party, and face covering is recommended

“Crowd gathering continues to be a risk, especially when combined with food and drink, as you have to take off your mask,” said Mark Zeller, study author and researcher at the Scripps Research Institute. LSU Health Shreveport and several other institutions partnered in the 26-page study first reported by the Times-Picayune / New Orleans attorney

Jeremy Kamil, also a study author, said people’s propensity to “lose their vigilance” this year could have fatal consequences. He was particularly concerned about the arrival of the new variant of COVID-19 – B117, commonly referred to as the “UK variant” – which is more contagious than others and possibly more deadly Discovered 10 days in Alabama

“This virus is having a carnival,” said Kamil, professor of microbiology and immunology at LSU Health Shreveport who helped coordinate the sequencing of coronavirus test samples. “It is being celebrated you don’t want to be part of it to celebrate”

The warnings from the two follow repeated warnings from public health officials in the weeks leading up to the last weekend of the Carnival, DR Bernard Eichold, Mobile County’s health officer, said if people feel uncomfortable during Mobile Carnival celebrations, they should go to State Health Commissioner Dr Scott Harris said last week he hoped people were “doing the right thing” to protect themselves and others during Carnival, noting that there was “nothing magical” about preventing the deadly virus from spreading, be it a parade or a gathering the streets of the city

Mobile, like New Orleans and elsewhere on the Gulf Coast, has canceled all parades this year.But unlike New Orleans, Mobile is blocking the streets of the city so that night owls have a place to celebrate on Fat Tuesday.In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell ordered to close all restaurants and bars in the French Quarter after social media images were posted last weekend showing large gatherings of mostly younger revelers on Bourbon Street and the surrounding area

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said the road closures should allow restaurants and bars to expand their food and drink choices in order to create more social distance Stimpson has also said that the city is unlike New Orleans is unable to close

restaurants and bars

Police will also be stationed at intersections throughout the cordoned off area, handing out face masks and shields, according to a city spokeswoman. The city is also planning to stop possible impromptu parades, similar to Sunday, by holding an unauthorized street party in the Oakleigh Garden District is closed

Police barriers will be erected on Bourbon Street ahead of New Orleans French Quarter closings on Friday, February 12, 2021. The New Orleans pre-Lent annual Mardi Gras celebration is muted this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, parades canceled bars closed Crowds suppressed The joy of Mardi Gras is subdued this year in New Orleans as authorities try to suppress the spread of the coronavirus and it’s a blow to the party-loving soul of the traditional city (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert) AP

Kamil said he felt Cantrell’s measures to close the bars and restaurants were “doing the right thing”, even if it wasn’t the most popular decision

“I think the message we have seen over and over again during this pandemic is that you want to look like you are overreacting in the rearview mirror,” he said. “If you don’t, you don’t seem to be responding If you let (Mardi Gras) rip apart you will end up with lots of dead who don’t have to be dead. It’s not just people in their retirement homes. It’s people in their thirties ”

Kamil said comments on social media and beyond from people suggesting Mardi Gras revelers are free to have fun are ignoring the deadly realities of the asymptomatic spread of the virus, which underscored the massive infection rates during the pandemic Since March there are more than 480000 residents of Alabama infected with the virus, and over 9200 died from it

“The young and healthy people say, ‘It won’t make me sick,” Kamil said, “Even if it’s not their grandma, they are helping to spread this cause and it will make people sick. It could be five or hundreds of being ”

He added, “You see these stories of someone who says, ‘Let them have their fun,” and then they end up dead – people just don’t believe it will happen to them until they are incubated this one guy who says he thought it was a scam and then his blood oxygen drops to 70 percent and he can’t speak anymore It’s a tragedy It’s not a conspiracy It’s a real pandemic ”

Kamil is confident the pandemic will come to an end in the coming months, he said Carnival in 2022 is happening in a similar way to how people used to celebrate it before the coronavirus pandemic broke out >

“Just get the vaccine,” he said, “The vaccines are basically 100 percent effective at keeping you safe from death Wait for it, and then celebrate. At the end of the tunnel is light and we will be there.” arrive ”

This story was updated at 2:45 p.m. on Dec. February 2021 to include an updated statement and information from the City of Mobile

The last time Mardi Gras was canceled: World War II and the return of frivolity in 1946

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