Singers are always on a mission to stay healthy enough to sing well, especially during cold/flu seasons. This has become even more of a challenge with the current outbreak of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, that is spreading globally.
Through trial and error, singers find what rituals, practices, remedies and products work for their own vocal health. So, many of us could already be ahead of the game of prevention. Still, it’s worth it to be cautious, follow the guidance of local health officials, and avoid unnecessary risks.
Simple precautions to take:
- Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene at home and at work;
- Do not to touch your face after touching door handles or elevator buttons until you have washed your hands or used a hand sanitizer. Some office buildings and businesses have begun placing hand sanitizers in lobbies and at entrances;
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. A colleague suggested to wash your hands as if you have been peeling jalopeños and you need to remove your contact lenses;
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. Get in the habit of coughing/sneezing into your sleeve as opposed to your hand. Also cover your yawn in public or around other people. I know that’s nursery school, but it was a good idea back then and an even better idea now.
- Dispose of tissues properly after you cough or blow your nose;
- Reduce close contact greetings such as handshakes or hugs;
- Use disinfectant sprays and/or wipes that kill germs as oppose to those that just neutralize odors;
- If you are feeling cold/flu symptoms, stay home from work. In fact, if you do not have to go out at all, stay home.
- If you have food delivered to your home and/or office, remember to wash and/or sanitize your hands after handling the food packaging.
- Start using your preferred remedies at the first sign of cold/flu symptoms.
From the CDC…
There is currently an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in China and has now been detected across the globe, including in the United States. COVID-19 usually causes mild disease such as fever and cough but can cause severe symptoms such as pneumonia and difficulty breathing. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6ft) or through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes.