Covid-19: The Risks of Singing & Using Wind Instruments in Groups

Singing, playing of wind instruments, and high-volume speech in presentation and performance settings have been singled out as potentially high-risk activities for transmission of SARS CoV-2, following several well-documented outbreaks associated with choirs and performances across the world. These have raised questions about the potential for droplet and aerosol transmission from these sources.

A scientific paper prepared by Public Health England (PHE) and the Environmental and Modelling group (EMG), reviewed the international evidence base and commissioned two research trials (PERFORM and SOBADRA) to investigate droplet and aerosol production in performance events.

Using the knowledge obtained through these scientific enquiries, they have considered the real-world implications for the management of these activities to minimise the risks associated with them.

Read the paper here