For at least! 20! seconds!
In case you missed it, there’s a new epidemic going on. As well as emboldening racism and shutting down a number of events, the coronavirus is stopping us from kissing our dogs, sparking new greetings (see: elbow bump), and forcing us to constantly wash our hands – the latter of which is now the subject of a new TikTok dance trend.
The dance is choreographed by Vietnamese dancer Quang Dang and set to a PSA song by lyricist Khac Hun in collaboration with Vietnam’s National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health. The track is based on a hit called “Ghen” by local singers Min and Erik, but has been reworked into “Ghen Cô Vy”, with lyrics offering advice about the coronavirus, including not to rub your eyes and mouths, limit going to crowded places, and to stay clean.
Originally posted on TikTok, the dance sees Dang and a friend –both wearing yellow – on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, performing a routine that includes lots of hand washing, as well as moves that seem to physically push the threat of coronavirus away. Since Dang’s original post, a number of other users have recreated the dance, including the International Federation of Red Cross.
Writing on Instagram, Dang said: “COVID-19 disease is spreading, affecting people and social activities. Regular hand washing is considered a simple and effective method to protect the community from diseases. To spread the habit of washing your hands to prevent this disease, I invite you to take part in the #GhenCoVyChallenge with me.” He goes on to list the “game rules”, including performing six hand washing movements recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This isn’t the first time coronavirus has taken off on TikTok. Last month, the platform came under fire for hosting a number of hoax videos spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories about the deadly disease. In an attempt to combat this, WHO joined TikTok this week to offer real medical advice to users.
At the time of writing, there are over 96,000 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, with more than 3,300 deaths. Just today (March 5), the number of cases in the UK reached 90, with the country’s health officials ramping up measures to slow the spread of the virus.
If the media frenzy is making you panic, read our guide about how to not freak out about coronavirus here.