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High SARS-CoV-2 Attack Rate Following Exposure at a Choir Practice — Skagit County, Washington, March 2020

Published time: 12 May 2020

Authors: Lea Hamner, MPH; Polly Dubbel, MPH; Ian Capron; Andy Ross, MPH; Amber Jordan, MPH; Jaxon Lee, MPH; Joanne Lynn; Amelia Ball; Simranjit Narwal, MSc; Sam Russell; Dale Patrick; Howard Leibrand, MD


What is already known about this topic?

Superspreading events involving SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, have been reported.

What is added by this report?

Following a 2.5-hour choir practice attended by 61 persons, including a symptomatic index patient, 32 confirmed and 20 probable secondary COVID-19 cases occurred (attack rate = 53.3% to 86.7%); three patients were hospitalized, and two died. Transmission was likely facilitated by close proximity (within 6 feet) during practice and augmented by the act of singing.

What are the implications for public health practice?

The potential for superspreader events underscores the importance of physical distancing, including avoiding gathering in large groups, to control spread of COVID-19. Enhancing community awareness can encourage symptomatic persons and contacts of ill persons to isolate or self-quarantine to prevent ongoing transmission.

High SARS-CoV-2 Attack Rate Following Exposure at a Choir Practice



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