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Is it safe to strike up the band?

Is it safe to strike up the band?

This article was posted on 19 Jul 2020.

Researchers at the University of Colorado have understaken studies using five students playing: clarinet, flute, French horn, trumpet as well as a singer. The test room was normally used for indoor air pollution research, and it was outfitted with tight seals, and multiple high-efficiency particulate air filters to remove almost all particles from the air.

Initial results—which were released online this week showed that the instruments can produce aerosols in the range of sizes that can carry the COVID-19 virus. These aerosols can also stay airborne for long periods of time, and different instruments produced different amounts. For instance, the trumpet and clarinet, which run straighter from the mouthpiece to the instrument opening, had higher concentrations of aerosols.

Read more about the study here.

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