Koreans say slow music delays Delta Covid

Koreans say slow music delays Delta Covid


norman lebrecht

July 14, 2021

The South Korean authorities have ordered gyms to slow down their music in order to delay the spread of the Delta variant. The idea is that people breathing faster spread more droplets.

Under the new rules, music in gyms must play slower than 120 beats per minute during group exercises.

Treadmill speeds are reduced to 6kph and table tennis can be played only in singles, not doubles.

Showers and saunas have been shut.

Read here.


  • Jehi Bahk says:

    What if I think alla breve?

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Hearing Yeol Eum Son playing is anyway very good for health and for the brain

  • LoveMusic says:

    I’m sure there is room for a viola joke based on this….

    • John Borstlap says:

      Statistically, the covid reproduction rate with violists is much lower than with other players because they hardly breath, and since their bodily movements are minimal, aerosols in their direct environment don’t travel through the air.

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    Reminds me of Fan Death 2.0, once a prominent fear in Korea but still feared there by some:


  • Wurm says:

    Sorry, I just need to pause and think about this 🙂

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    Three beautiful Rhein Maidens.
    Don’t let Pinky know.

  • Nick says:


  • pvl says:

    Great solution!
    Also, stop breathing at all and the disease will be eradicated!