A new study indicates that the ban on singing in church during the pandemic was based on misleading evidence.
It was enforced following a Washington State choir rehearsal in March 2020 when more than 50 singers became infected with coronavirus.
A later investigation found a single infected chorister was the source of the virus.
British scientists from Brunel University London, Nottingham Trent University and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School reviewed the events leading to the outbreak and concluded that many of the choir members’ symptoms started far too early to be caused by the rehearsal.
Brunel University’s Dr Colin Axon told Premier Christian News he believes the global bans were unnecessary.
“I can see why there was caution, but I think it was over-cautious, and I don’t think it was necessary. The value of people getting together and singing was completely forgotten about,” he said.
“Masks are also not effective in church settings. There is no more scientific evidence that they work. These things together created that fear in people which was unfounded and unjustified.”
“People do not need to be fearful because the effect on people’s health of socialising with other people, whether it’s in a church setting or choir or anything else, it’s the social interaction that is important, that people need, and that has a significant effect upon someone’s health,” Dr Axon concluded.