The Oakland artist Spellling is one of countless musicians this year to have tours disrupted by a band member catching COVID-19, with costly and draining consequences.

For bands on tour, one positive COVID test can spell disaster. With audiences increasingly unmasked and institutional support drying up, safety is left mostly to the artists themselves.

(Image credit: Illustration by Jackie Lay/Photo by Sharon Lopez/NPR/Courtesy of the artist)

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