Peppy song and dance videos go viral to spread awareness about coronavirus

Authorities are spreading awareness about coronavirus in form of song and dance.
By Trisha Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2020 07:18 PM IST
Image shows a screengrab from Vietnamese Health Department PSA video(YouTube/MIN OFFICIAL)

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has governments and healthcare officials scrambling to educate people on the best practices to follow to restrict the spread of the infection. Authorities are issuing public service announcement (PSA) videos to combat it. What’s interesting is that many are turning to catchy tunes and peppy dance moves to drive home the message about keeping one safe from the virus.

The Vietnamese Health Department shared an animated video on YouTube to share tips on how to stay safe from COVID-19. Named Jealous Coronavirus, the song has a catchy tune that quickly went viral. It details how a virus named ‘corona’ had a sudden breakout and now it has created the necessity for people to improve their hygiene habits. It also tells the ways in which one can restrict the spread of the virus – by washing hands, wearing masks, and limiting visits to crowded places.

The health department of Philippines also came up with their own video. It shows three people dancing to a song about the steps which can keep people safe during the outbreak. It tells everyone to wash their hands, maintain a certain distance from others, and to not touch one’s own face with dirty hands.

National Health Services (NHS) of the UK shared a video highlighting the importance of washing one’s hands amid the coronavirus pandemic. Further adding, “you should wash your hands for the amount of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice.”

Ministry of Education, Singapore, isn’t far behind in letting people know about the ways in which one can stop the virus from spreading. “Want to know how to beat the virus? Just follow these simple steps: Wash your hands with soap. Don’t touch your face,” they wrote and shared a rap-styled video on YouTube.

It’s not just the authorities, social media influencers and Internet stars are also doing their bit by sharing creative awareness videos.

Vietnam’s celebrated dancer Quang Đăng shared his disease-fighting dance moves to inspire people to wash their hands and take care of themselves. It even inspired a viral TikTok trend.

Iranian comedia Danial Kheirikhah too shared an orchestral-themed video to spread awareness about the proper way to wash one’s hands.

First reported in China, the novel coronavirus has now spread in many countries across the world. With 60 people testing positive for COVID-19 in India, authorities are implementing several methods to restrict the spread.

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