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                infected most of the people in attendance. The choir sang for 2 1/2 hours, inside an enclosed rehearsal hall which was roughly the size of a volleyball court.
Singing: To a greater degree than talking, aerosolizes respiratory droplets extraordinarily well. Deep-breathing while singing facilitated those respiratory droplets getting deep into the lungs.
Indoor sports: While this may be uniquely Canadian, a super spreading event occurred during a curling event in Canada. A curling event with 72 attendees became another hotspot for transmission. Curling brings contestants and teammates in close contact in a cool indoor environment, with heavy breathing for an extended period. This tournament resulted in 24 of the 72 people becoming infected.
Birthday parties/funerals: Just to see how simple infection- chains can be, this is a real story from Chicago. The name is fake. Bob was infected but didn’t know. Bob shared a takeout meal, served from common serving dishes, with 2 family members.
The dinner lasted 3 hours. The next day, Bob attended a funeral, hugging family members and others in attendance to express condolences. Within 4 days, both family members who shared
the meal are sick. A third family member, who hugged Bob at the funeral, became sick. But Bob wasn’t done. Bob attended a birthday party with nine other people. They hugged and shared food at the three-hour party. Seven of those people became ill.
But Bob’s transmission chain wasn’t done. Three of the people Bob infected at the birthday went to church, where they sang, passed the tithing dish, etc. Members of that church became sick. In all, Bob was directly responsible for infecting sixteen people between the ages of 5 and 86. Three of those sixteen died.
The spread of the virus within the household and back out into the community through funerals, birthdays, and church gatherings
is believed to be responsible for the broader transmission of COVID-19 in Chicago.

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