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Chronic Vocal Symptoms ov COVID 19

Some people who have had COVID continue to struggle with chronic symptoms, including vocal symptoms,  even after 1o months or more. For those who use their voices professionally, either speaking or singing, these continuing symptions have created problems for them in ther work and personal lives. They have suffered from intermittent to persistent hoarseness, discomfort or pain in the throat, labored breathing, difficulty in swallowing, noctural choking, pressure in the chest, upper airway obstruction, muscle tension disorder, laryngo-pharyngeal reflux, and vocal fold distortion, possibly due to lung inflammation and breathing pattern disorders.  26.8% of the Covid patients in this one study, had dysphonia. It is important for doctors and especially ENTs and laryngologists to become educated on how to recognize and treat these symptoms.

Ashish Chaudhry, Jeannie McGinnis,Amaili Lokugamage

Resilience in Action

Resilience: 1) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; 2) the ability to spring back, elasticity.*

This past summer, I inundated myself with free webinars, trying to be productive, fulfilling a sense of purpose. In one such webinar, I watched a video by a gentleman who practices building his resilience every

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The Voice as a Gift

During the time of the pandemic (as it will be called I am sure when we reminisce about it), I have luxuriated in one of my most favorite of activities – reading. Gleaning my “must reads” from the end of the year NYTimes Best Books List, I have been leisurely running through them, checking out

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How the Virus Spread through the Air

I found this interactive article to be very helpful in understanding what scientists are talking about when they speak of aerolization of particles and how they can spread the virus to others in a room even with distance and masks.

COVID After Effects- Concerns for Singers

Almost a year later I am still writing about COVID and its negative effects for singers. Surviving COVID is of course the number one outcome we all want, but “long-haulers” are those that continue to have deleterious “after effects” officially known as “sequelae”. Here are a few:

Lung capacity can be reduced through pulmonary fibrosis

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Word of the Day

We have arrived at the final day of 2020. What a year. I hope you have enjoyed my word of the day for these final days of 2020. I will keep them on the website through January.

Happy New Year!


a recurrent musical theme or melody associated

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