Compilation of COVID-19 Worship and Singing Resources

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Compilation of COVID-19 Worship and Singing Resources

We are compiling a page of links that have been cultivated with various resources regarding worship and singing. These resources are in no way endorsements. Links have been vetted only in terms of being posted from reliable sources such as government agencies, major news organizations, and medical journals. While sources are vetted to the best of our ability, the articles are not specifically or independently fact checked. We do our best to identify if something is an Op-Ed, research paper, newspaper article, government guidelines, etc. You are welcome to share and use these resources and share the link(s). Please note hat research is ongoing. You may need to check back frequently for additional information.

Link to 2-day seminar from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Health on the Airborne Transmission of Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Download the agenda to find the individual workshops you wish to watch.

Cross Movement Reopening Document attachment is available. With thanks Steven Weiss who represented the ACC on the task force.

Safer Singing During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic: What We Know and What We Don't, Journal of Voice, July 1, 2020

Link to discussion with Dr. Ed Septimus on singing and mitigating risks

Emory University Information on Singing During COVID-19

Nearly 100 people in Ohio got sick after one man infected with the coronavirus attended a church service, Business Insider, August 6, 2020

Safer Singing During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic: What We Know and What We Don't, Jourbal of Voice, July 2, 2020

Schools for Health: Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools, Harvard School of Public Health. June 2020 

Airborne Coronavirus: What You Should Do Now, New York Times, July 6, 2020  

The Coronavirus Can Be Airborne Indoors, W.H.O. Says, New YorK Times, July 10, 2020

Is it safe to strike up the band in a time of coronavirus? Science Magazine, July 17,2020 

HUC-JIR Fieldwork Documents for reference

Reopening New York: Guidelines for Religious and Funeral Services (State of New York)

COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services (State of Illinois)

New Jersey Governor issues guidelines for reopening state (NBC News Philadelphia)

State of New Jersey Guidelines

COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies (State of California) on May 25, 2020

American Choral Directors Association COVID-19 Response Committee Report from June 15, 2020

CDC Weekly Report (MMWR) Section High COVID-19 Attack Rate Among Attendees at Events at a Church — Arkansas, March 2020 on May 22, 2020

Is Singing in a Choir Safe During COVID-19? A Voice Expert Explains the Risk from the Massachusettes Eye and Ear Communications on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Op-Ed in Washington Post: We cannot keep ignoring the possibility of airborne transmission. Here’s how to address it. By Joseph Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on May 26, 2020 at 12:55 p.m. CDT

Academic Paper (not yet peer reviewed): Re-thinking the Potential for Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by Joseph G. Allen and Linsey C. Marr

Navigating the Pandemic: V’Chai BaHem, “And you shall live by them” by the Synagogue Council of Massachusettes Issues in Light of COVID-19 on May 26, 2020

CDC Paper: High SARS-CoV-2 Attack Rate Following Exposure at a Choir Practice — Skagit County, Washington, March 2020

Scientists to choirs: Group singing can spread the coronavirus, despite what CDC may say--LA Times, June 1, 2020

When 511 Epidemiologists Expect to Fly, Hug and Do 18 Other Everyday Activities Again--New York Times, June 8, 2020

COVID-19: Straight Answers from Top Epidemiologist Who Predicted the Pandemic by Dan Buettner, Blue Zones Founder

When Will It Be Safe to Sing Together Again? New York Times. June 9, 2020  

Paging Dr. Hamblin: When Will It Be Safe to Sing Together?
Making music has benefits beyond tradition. In a pandemic, though, it’s also riskier than staying silent., The Atlantic, June 10, 2020

NATS presents A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing

US Department of Health and Human Services chart with links to state opening guidelines.

CDC Community and Faith-Based Organizations: Plan, Prepare, and Respond

Church Tied to Oregon's Largest Coronavirus Outbreak. AP. June 16, 2020

Posnack JCC in Davie shuts down preschool camp after second staff member tests positive for COVID-19. ABC News Channel 10 Miami. June 17, 2020