When I saw the official photo released of the new “American Idol” judges, I felt a little sick to my stomach.
Perhaps I miss Simon? Dread the start of the new season? Or could it be a natural reaction to all the creases and crevices in Steven Tyler’s face — you know, that feeling you get after stepping off a bumpy roller coaster ride?
Turns out — it’s probably just the singing.
Researchers at Singapore’s National University Hospital found that singing spreads cold and flu germs more effectively than coughing or sneezing. A trained voice in particular produces a stronger, more penetrating plume of infection into the air.
The researchers were conducting the study to determine how far to recommend spacing beds in hospitals that treat airborne illnesses.
Perhaps the results will bring a quick end to this season of “American Idol,” too.
One can only hope.