Scientists have carried out a shocking study into the spread of coronavirus, and it seems the "Happy Birthday" song has a part to play...
Many of us have been forced to celebrate our birthdays while in lockdown
via: Getty ImagesBut it seems there's yet another study that has made this year even worse than it already is.
And it's all to do with singing happy birthday...Yep, you read that correctly.
In December 2019, we first caught wind of the name COVID-19.
via: GettyThe virus, which originated in China, was quick to spread across the globe, bringing most countries to a total standstill.
The speed of infection was terrifying.
Global coronavirus death toll 'could triple by Christmas' as cases surge around the world https://t.co/sBnNqa9mGW— i newspaper (@i newspaper)1599375600.0
So, of course, it is of the utmost importance that we abide by the lockdown rules in place...
Marge represents my two moods during this never ending lockdown https://t.co/TDueDsaAwA— Jaye (@Jaye)1599480467.0
And, even more importantly...
via: GettyA vaccine needs to be found, and fast.
For the last couple of months, scientists have been working tirelessly to find a cure for the deadly virus...
via: GettyBut, so far, their efforts have been to no avail.
Of course, healthcare workers are continuing to work harder than ever to save lives...
via: GettyAnd that’s not just here in America… it’s happening all around the world where infection rates continue to climb.
So when people refuse to stick to their government's lockdown rules...
To every single healthcare worker, ambulance staff, police officer & fire department whos looked after the general… https://t.co/ofMAgAKtJI— Lydia Howells (LACAS 🤸♀️🙌🌿) (@Lydia Howells (LACAS 🤸♀️🙌🌿))1564071394.0
Many countries have implemented fines for those who don't stick to the lockdown measures...
via: GettyAnd, as the weeks go by, more and more studies are being carried out into the effects of the virus and whether or not a second wave is on the horizon.
And just when you thought the coronavirus pandemic could not possibly suck the joy out of life anymore...Another study has come along to prove us all wrong.
This time, researchers in Sweden have found singing the Happy Birthday song could potentially spread the virus.
via: Getty ImagesThe study was inspired by fears that choirs singing together cause spark more outbreaks.
How could a song possibly spread a virus, you ask?
via: Getty ImagesWell, according to the study, it's all to do with the way we pronounce our Bs and Ps.
Pronunciation of said consonants are believed to release larger droplets from our mouths.So, if a person is infected, their the P in "happy" and B in '"birthday" would see them spread COVID further.
And, of course...
via: Getty ImagesThe louder and more powerful the tune, the higher the concentration of droplets.
The scientists studied the amount of particles released when people sing in order to understand how it affects the spread of the deadly virus.
via: Getty ImagesThey found loud and consonant-rich tunes such as the classic birthday tune release a lot of droplets into the air, MailOnline reported.
Jakob Löndahl, associate professor of Aerosol Technology, said this:“Some droplets are so large that they only move a few decimetres from the mouth before they fall, whereas others are smaller and may continue to hover for minutes. “In particular, the enunciation of consonants releases very large droplets and the letters B and P stand out as the biggest aerosol spreaders."
The study comes after British people were urged to sing "Happy Birthday" twice when washing their hands.Yikes.
This was all to do with the length of the song to ensure people were washing their hands for the correct amount of time...
via: Getty ImagesBut, it seems that this new study may have completely overridden this notion.