A Comprehensive Guide to Vocal Recovery After COVID-19

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Hello, I’m Dr Dan, a Contemporary Singing Voice Specialist with extensive experience in voice training. Today, I’m excited to share insights on vocal recovery post-COVID-19. While I hold a Doctor of Musical Arts, I am not a medical doctor, so please consult your healthcare provider for personalised advice. This guide aims to support your journey to vocal recovery, acknowledging the diverse experiences and impacts of COVID-19.

Understanding COVID-19’s Varied Impact

COVID-19 affects people differently, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. Your journey may differ based on factors like age, underlying health conditions, and vaccination status. Recognising these differences is crucial, and adapting the recovery process to your specific needs is essential.

Acute Phase: The Importance of Rest and Hydration

During the acute phase of COVID-19, which varies in duration, the primary focus should be on resting and reducing physical exertion. As a singer, it’s vital to give your body and voice the rest they need. Staying well-hydrated is crucial, as fluids play a key role in maintaining vocal health and supporting your immune system.

Subacute Phase: Gentle Physical Rehabilitation

In the subacute phase, gentle physical activities, such as short, leisurely walks, can aid in lung recovery. This approach helps in gradually increasing lung capacity and diaphragmatic strength without overexertion. Monitor your body’s response and adjust your activity level accordingly.

Lung Health: A Balanced Approach

For lung health, mechanical devices like the Air Physio can be beneficial, but their use should be considered supplementary. These devices can aid in clearing mucus but should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional, especially if you have pre-existing respiratory conditions.

Vocal Fold Care: Managing Symptoms Carefully

If you experience symptoms like vomiting or coughing, consult with a healthcare professional for appropriate over-the-counter medications. These can help mitigate the impact on your vocal folds but should be used judiciously and as part of a broader vocal care strategy.

Re-Engaging Your Voice: SOVT Exercises and Beyond

As you regain strength, Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract (SOVT) exercises, like straw phonation, can be a gentle way to re-engage your voice. Start with simple, low-impact vocal exercises and gradually progress. Remember, the key is patience and not rushing the process.

Mental Health Considerations

Recovering from COVID-19 isn’t just about physical health; it’s also about mental well-being. The stress and anxiety associated with illness and recovery can impact your vocal performance. Engage in activities that promote mental health, such as mindfulness or speaking with a therapist, if needed.

I cannot overemphasize the importance of seeking advice from healthcare professionals throughout your recovery. They can provide tailored advice and support based on your specific health situation.


Recovering your vocal strength after COVID-19 is a journey that requires a personalised approach. Listen to your body, be patient with your progress, and seek professional guidance. Remember, every recovery journey is unique. Take care of both your physical and mental health, and you’ll be on your way to singing with ease and joy once again.

For more about voice care post COVID-19, check out this video…

Disclaimer: This blog post was generated by ChatGPT-4, an AI language model, based on Dr Dan’s video script (original work). For a comprehensive understanding of the topic, we suggest watching the original video above.
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