AEDCORO’s STATEMENT on the stigmatization of choral activity by some media outlets
Throughout the pandemic that unfortunately continues to affect many people, we have been observing the constant mention of choirs as a source of contagion in various media. This causes us astonishment and indignation since we think that the aforementioned sources have had to look for a scapegoat to illustrate the contagion mechanisms of COVID-19 and, unfortunately, it has fallen to the choirs.
Choral conductors are fully aware that choral singing constitutes a risk activity due to the increased emission of droplets and aerosols when singing. This has been shown by several studies, many of them promoted by important choral organizations around the world, which also conclude that, with the use of the hygienic mask, FFP2 or similar, this production is reduced to levels analogous to a whisper.
The examples of contagion in choirs always refer to events carried out in the time before the spring confinement in which there was community transmission of the virus, but no protection measures were taken. The international choral community has made a huge effort to provide protocols and security measures to prevent these infections. Our country, once again, is at the bottom of Europe and the Government of Spain has not approved any protocol for rehearsals and choral performances, beyond the guides published by INAEM that only apply to a very specific type of choir.