Aerosols and droplets in church – breathing, speaking, shouting and singing

“Never Sing Louder Than Lovely

 Isobel Baillie, 1895 –  1983

On Monday 17 August 2020, the Church of England published its latest tranche of COVID-19 guidance; these eight updates were made “particularly in light of changes to government advice on choirs singing during services”. The Church Times observed: “It is not yet clear which of the scientific studies of droplet transmission commissioned by the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport gave the Government confidence to “reconsider appropriate mitigations”. Some of these questions were answered on 20 August with the posting of the pre-peer review preprint of PERFORM project set up by Declan Costello, following which the Church of England and the RSCM sought further guidance from government. Continue reading