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Following the Science

A systematic literature review of studies surrounding singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing during the COVID-19 pandemic

The current COVID-19 situation has resulted in widespread concern and considerable uncertainty relating to the position of musical performance and in particular potential risks associated with singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing. There is a wide range of advice and guidance available but it is important that any guidance given should be evidence based and the sources of this evidence should be known.

The aim of the study was to carry out a systematic literature review in order to gather historical as well as the most current and relevant information which could provide evidence-based guidance for performance practice. This literature was analysed in order to determine the evidence of risk attached to singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing, in relation to the spread of airborne pathogens such as COVID-19, through droplets and aerosol. It also informed the recommendations for best practice.

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John Wallace, Lio Moscardini, Andrew Rae and Alan Watson




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