Today I’m sharing three more articles on COVID-19 and congregational singing. Here’s the main thing I want to say: It’s important to get this right because there are no “do-overs.” I’ve included small block quotes but I encourage you to click on the titles to read the full articles.
“We don’t want another organization or faith community to go through what we’ve been through,” said Mang. “It’s really, really hard. There seems to be this huge divide between those who’ve experienced (COVID-19) and the majority who haven’t.
“If you haven’t experienced it, you are so lucky. You have no idea how fortunate you are.”
As we move forward, let’s ask God for wisdom. And let’s offer grace to those who make different decisions than we do. For some in areas with few cases, a rousing song of praise might be the perfect way to come together. For others who are mourning losses and protecting vulnerable members, humming or praying silently to music might be the best option.
This article is more general about our risks with different activities and the virus: The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
Singing, to a greater degree than talking, aerosolizes respiratory droplets extraordinarily well. Deep-breathing while singing facilitated those respiratory droplets getting deep into the lungs. Two and half hours of exposure ensured that people were exposed to enough virus over a long enough period of time for infection to take place. Over a period of 4 days, 45 of the 60 choir members developed symptoms, 2 died. The youngest infected was 31, but they averaged 67 years old. (corrected link)
I ask that you pray with me for wisdom and clarity as we look ahead to what our services will look like when we first re-open.