Brass band music is less contagious than choral singing when the coronavirus is at risk, but the clarinet is more dangerous than the flute. draw this conclusion Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, stated on September 22.. The clarinet has been recognized as the riskiest wind instrument if viruses such as Sars-CoV-2 can spread after the human voice. In general, playing wind instruments releases significantly less aerosols than singing – but still up to 50 times more than breathing.
Clarinet and trombone pose the greatest risk of infection
Scientists have studied how many and what size particles are released when playing 20 different wind instruments. Therefore, quite a lot of viruses can come from the clarinet. It emits significantly more aerosol, which may contain pathogens such as Sars-CoV-2, than, for example, a flute, and reaches almost the same values as when singing.
The risk of infection with clarinet and trombone at a distance of one and a half meters reaches 50 percent after only four minutes. At the same distance from the flute, this risk of infection is reached only after three hours. All other measured instruments were between.
With protection, the music can continue to play
The study also investigated whether the risk of infection could be reduced by using specially made particle filters similar to the wool in FFP2 masks. Masks on the ends of brass instruments work reliably, and if listeners also wear an FFP2 mask, the risk of contamination is again greatly reduced.
Simone Scheithauer, director of the Göttingen University Medical Center, explained that with targeted safeguards, “the business of musical culture can be maintained with minor restrictions, even in critical situations.”