…When people speak or sing loudly, they produce dramatically larger numbers of micron-sized particles compared to when they use a normal voice. The particles produced during yelling, they found, greatly exceed the number produced during coughing.American Physical Society
CDC and others estimate that more than 50% of all infections are transmitted from people who are not exhibiting symptoms.CNN
As the omicron variant continues to infect fully vaccinated individuals, and rapid testing is not commonplace in the US, I do not know when it will be safe for me to return to studio recording. I will record exclusively from home since vaccination for COVID is not required in the United States. There is no legitimate way to “properly sterilize” a recording studio when VO recording requires mask removal and central air conditioning has been proven to circulate infectious droplets. Entering a room after an infected person’s singing or yelling exposes you to enough viral particles to establish an infection. An actor entering a recording booth or room after an infected person has just finished a session will likely result in the transmission of COVID-19. A studio cannot “sterilize the air“ solely via filtration. “The virus has been shown to remain stable in airborne particles for longer than 2 hours.” “One minute of talking loudly can produce more than 1,000 virus-containing droplets that could linger in the air for more than eight minutes.” Insisting voice actors go in to a studio needlessly puts their lives and the lives of the studio staff at risk. Contracting symptomatic long-haul COVID would in fact be career-ending to a voice actor, as long-term effects include fatigue, brain fog, permanent lung damage and shortness of breath. In the case of singer Maynard James Keenan for example, a painful recurring cough. Asymptomatic carriers will never “feel sick” so they will continue to go to work and infect others. Presymptomatic infected are contagious up to 3 days prior to exhibiting any symptoms. From the point of infection it can take up to 14 days before symptoms occur. “Feeling healthy” does not protect you and those around you. Do your part to stop the spread. My statements have been vetted by epidemiologists Dr. David Fisman of the University of Toronto and Dr. Michael Bazaco of the FDA.
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Performance capture and ADR experienced. Singer. Fluent Mexican Spanish, partly raised in Mexico City. Financial core (eligible for both union and non-union projects). Based in Los Angeles.