Singing at certain levels is no more likely to spread the coronavirus than talking, according to a study released by researchers in the United Kingdom.
Researchers at the University of Bristol examined how much aerosols and droplets were generated by 25 singers who performed breathing, coughing, singing, and speaking exercises.
The researchers found that while the aerosol mass produced rose steeply with an increase in volume of singing or speaking, singing did not produce substantially more aerosol than speaking at a similar volume.
Jonathan Reid, professor of physical chemistry at the University of Bristol and one of the researchers, said in a statement on Thursday that their research showed that singing was safer than previously assumed.
“The study has shown the transmission of viruses in small aerosol particles generated when someone sings or speaks are equally possible with both activities generating similar numbers of particles,” said Reid, Reuters reported.
“Our research has provided a rigorous scientific basis for COVID-19 recommendations for arts venues to operate safely for both the performers and audience by ensuring that spaces are appropriately ventilated to reduce the risk of airborne transmission.”
Dr. Julian Tang, an expert in respiratory sciences with the University of Leicester, told the BBC that there were still risks, especially for group singing.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski