NSW Health reports dangers of wind instruments


NSW Health has published advice to avoid playing wind instruments in groups to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In posts on its social media channels, the department said, “Wind instruments like saxophones, clarinets, flutes and recorders can spread COVID-19 if someone is infected. At this time, they should not be played near other people. And musicians playing other instruments should stay 1.5 meters from each other and from the audience.

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The rationale behind the advice, which has sparked much discussion in the online music community, is elaborated in NSW Health’s COVID-19 FAQ. “NSW Health currently recommends that you avoid playing wind instruments (such as the flute, oboe or clarinet) in groups. This is due to the increased risk of the spread of COVID-19 from airborne aerosols. Musicians playing other instruments should stay 1.5 meters from each other.

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