As the world slowly begins to recover from the pandemic, singers are faced with the challenge of getting back into the swing of things after contracting COVID-19. Even if you were able to continue your musical journey throughout the pandemic, the global climate created by COVID-19 may still have had a profound impact on your singing career. Whether you’re a professional singer or someone who just enjoys singing for personal enjoyment, the changes to the music industry due to the pandemic may have significantly shifted the way you approach singing. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to deal with post-COVID recovery as a singer. We’ll discuss strategies for getting back into the groove, explore how to make the most of virtual singing opportunities, and provide tips for maintaining vocal health even in the new normal. With the right approach, you can make the most of post-pandemic recovery and set yourself up for success as a singer.
In my experience with infected students, their symptoms have been from a mild runny nose to long-form Covid where they have been fatigued for 2 to 3 months. I contracted COVID-19 in March 2022 for the first time. I felt fatigued for a few days and I had a very bad cough for three or four days that greatly fatigued my voice from continually coughing. Most everyone that I know that has contracted COVID-19 has had some sort of cough or upper respiratory infection.
Professional singers must take extra care when returning to the studio after a period of inactivity due to COVID. To ensure safety, singers should always wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow all safety protocols.
Additionally, singers should take extra care when returning to singing after a bout of COVID-19. Begin by gently warming up their vocal range gradually with vocal exercises and scales. Singers should avoid any extreme vocal activity to prevent strain or injury on the vocal cords until they have gained full health and vocal strength. They should also take frequent breaks and stay hydrated to reduce the risk of vocal fatigue. Finally, singers should be mindful of their environment and take extra care to avoid infectious diseases like COVID. Following these guidelines will help singers recover and find success in the studio once again.
Vocal rest is an important part of recovery from COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include coughing, sore throat, and hoarseness. To reduce the strain on vocal cords, it is important to avoid talking, shouting, singing, and any other activities that require vocalisation. To achieve optimal vocal rest, individuals should limit the use of their voice to only necessary conversations and take frequent breaks from speaking. Additionally, individuals should avoid clearing their throats, whispering, and drinking anything too hot or cold. Adequate hydration is essential to vocal health, so drinking plenty of room-temperature water is recommended. Vocal rest is an important part of promoting recovery from COVID-19, and individuals should use it to their advantage to ensure optimal vocal health.
Finally, remember to take as much time as needed to fully recover from the symptoms of COVID-19 before you start to sing again.
Recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic as a singer can be a daunting prospect. However, there are ways to transition from downtime to a full recovery. Firstly, it is important to ensure that you are taking good care of your physical health and vocal health by following the guidance of a medical professional. Practising vocal warm-ups and breathing exercises can help to revitalise a singer’s vocal range. Additionally, staying connected to the music community through virtual gatherings, such as online concerts and workshops, can help ensure singers are staying up to date with their craft. Finally, setting aside time to focus on personal projects and developing new material can help to sharpen a singer’s skill set while they build to a full recovery. With these strategies, singers can successfully make their transition back to the stage.
In conclusion, vocal rest is incredibly important for singers recovering from Covid-19. Taking as long as you need off from singing and focusing on vocal scale exercises and proper nutrition can help reduce inflammation and ensure a successful and speedy recovery. While it can be difficult to take a break from singing, it is important to always prioritise vocal health and ensure that you are in prime condition before undertaking any singing activities.
Ultimately speaking to your singing teacher with any further questions to ensure you are doing the right thing with your voice during and after recovering from COVID-19. At Vox Singing Academy we want what is best for the longevity of your singing voice and vocal cords! If that is going on vocal rest or giving you scales to ease your voice back into a good singing routine, we are always happy to assist you with your recovery.
For further information regarding recovering from Covid please check out the below YouTube links recorded by director and principal teacher Peter Vox.
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