I Preached Where the Worship Leader Sang and Now I Have COVID-19

Some cautions about COVID-19 and church.

Where did I Contract COVID-19?

But where did I contract COVID-19? I was contacted by my home church—where I periodically preach—that I had been around someone the previous Sunday who had later tested positive for COVID-19.

As I thought back to that Sunday, I was never really around that person for more than a couple of minutes, and I especially wasn’t around them without my mask. If you know me, I’m pretty conscientious when it comes to germs and thus practicing good hygiene. [Now, I’m not like my boss and friend, Ed Stetzer. He’s on a whole different level.]

I also, thought back to other people I had been around a couple days before that Sunday and after that Sunday. I was around no one. So, I am fairly confident that I contracted COVID-19 that Sunday morning. But I still didn’t know how. I maintained social distance the entire time. I wore my mask the entire time—other than when I preached. I didn’t touch anything; I used hand-sanitizer throughout the morning.

So, how in the world did I contract it?

I started to do a little more digging into how one can contract COVID-19. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are three main ways people can contract COVID-19:

  • Droplets and Close Contact
  • Surface Transmission
  • Airborne Transmission

I also came across a couple of other articles and a video as I learned more about airborne transmission. According to Harvard Medical School,

“A person infected with coronavirus—even one with no symptoms—may emit aerosols when they talk or breathe [or sing]. Aerosols are infectious viral particles that can float or drift around in the air for up to three hours. Another person can breathe in these aerosols …

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