Rutgers professor discusses COVID concerns for live opera

August 7, 2020

COVID-19 is affecting all areas of life as we know it. With Broadway shuttered, one of the most hard-hit areas is live, performing arts. In the summer 2020 issue of Opera America magazine one singer describes herself as a “biological weapon” that could put others at risk if she’s “belting out an aria.”

Amita Avadhani (PhD, DNP, DCC, ACNP-BC, NP-BC, CCRN, FAANP, FCCM), associate professor and specialty director at Rutgers School of Nursing, tells Opera America, “How far apart should we stand from each other? It’s the million dollar question.” She goes on to say that “the velocity continues when we sing. Combine speed with social distance and we get a lot of different hypotheses on social distancing.”