Playing musical instruments may lead to COVID-19 spread, but simple tactics can stop the spread.
University of Colorado Boulder and University of Maryland researchers found that masking instruments and social distancing can reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread when kids play musical instruments and emit COVID-19 viral particles.
- “COVID has shown people that aerosol transmission of respiratory diseases is something that happens. But just because it goes into the air doesn’t mean that everyone is going to contract this disease. We found that there are ways to mitigate these aerosols in a space and ways to reduce your risk,” said Tehya Stockman, lead author of the paper, according to the statement.
The research began when the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Maryland looked into whether playing musical instruments can create the same risks of COVID-19 spread as singing.
There haven’t been any major reports of infections from playing instruments. But the researchers wanted to see what they could recommend.
- “I want to acknowledge the courage of the music directors and the teachers to go ahead and follow our suggestions in the face of all of this adversity, fear and worry,” said Shelly Miller, co-author of the study and professor of mechanical and environmental engineering. “That really meant a lot to us because they trusted our very good research methods, our researchers and the evolution of science as it moves from: we don’t know, to, let’s find out, to OK — now we know this.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 can spread easily when other people with COVID-19 infections cough, sneeze, sing or talk, since those actions create respiratory droplets.