Study finds that singing, being male, and being an adult tend to produce more respiratory aerosols

Mary Hughes, a performer with the NY Metropolitan Opera, was a participant in the CSU aerosol emissions study. Credit: Ron Bend/Colorado State University

It’s become clear throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that airborne transmission of infectious respiratory particles plays an important role in how the virus spreads. The performing arts—from Broadway to Colorado State University’s University Center for the Arts—took a brutal hit early on, as it was suspected that singing, talking, and playing instruments in packed venues could put both performers and audience members at high risk of exposure.

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