From the shared microphones to the passed-around laminated song lists caked in stale beer, a karaoke bar is a hotspot for viral transmission. Many jurisdictions have banned most karaoke-like activities. So when will karaoke be back? More here:… 1/6 #COVID19
Before the pandemic, @intothemelwoods would rarely go two weeks without a trip to a karaoke bar. Belting out songs can be both “a stimulant and an antidepressant” for some, or a means of self-discovery.… 2/6
But multiple studies have shown exactly how bad of an idea public singing is in this moment: when a person projects their voice, they also project those pesky respiratory droplets that can carry the coronavirus. Read @intothemelwoods’s article here:… 3/6
Pandemic-safe events during the quiet period over the summer—complete with six-foot spaces between groups and microphones sprayed with sanitizer—worked. Now, in the third wave, karaoke likely will be one of the last things to return postpandemic.… 4/6
There are few activities that have the ability to create a sense of community among strangers like karaoke does, and after more than a year of staying inside, it may be the great uniter we need. More here:… 5/6
What is your go-to karaoke song? And how much do you miss it? Share in the replies below. 👇👇👇👇 6/6

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