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US choir outbreak that led to 2 coronavirus-related deaths called 'superspreader event' in report

A report published Tuesday suggests the act of singing may have spread the virus in a fine mist of particles.

SHORELINE, Wash. — Disease trackers are calling a choir practice in Washington state a superspreader event that illustrates how easily the coronavirus can pass from person to person. 

A report published Tuesday suggests the act of singing may have spread the virus in a fine mist of particles. 

The report says a choir member with symptoms attended a March 10 rehearsal. Of 60 others who attended, 52 got sick with confirmed or probable COVID-19, including two who died. The rehearsal was held nearly two weeks before the state’s stay-at-home order. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding large groups, wearing cloth masks in public and staying at least 6 feet apart from others.

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