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COVID-19 Chronicles: There’s A Hand-Washing Challenge Out, Have You Tried It?

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread,  so have the quarantine challenges, including one that features a habit that should come the most natural to us. Washing your hands.


The  World Health Organization (WHO) launched an instructional YouTube video of an 11-step process of how to correctly wash your hands to fight and protect against the spread.

To advertise and encourage better hand hygiene, the WHO started the Safe Hand Challenge. Celebrities like Ryan Reynolds, Greta Thunberg, are Leonardo DiCaprio was asked to participate and share videos of themselves washing their hands as a protective method against coronavirus amongst their fans.

Even Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, has nominated others celebrates such as BTS, Priyanka Chopra and Jane Fonda via Twitter to share their Safe Hands Challenge videos. As the challenge goes viral more stars and youth are uploading videos of themselves promoting hand hygiene and sharing much need information, according to the WHO guidelines for washing hands.



Another hand hygiene challenge has taken TikTok by storm, the Hand Washing Challenge. Originating in Vietnam as the Ghen Co Vy (Vietnamese for coronavirus) challenge, and created by Vietnamese dancer Quang Dang, the dance imitates the scrubbing, washing, and cleaning your hands to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Quang Dang’s  catchy hand washing dance moves were choregraphed to the Vietnamese hit, “Ghen”, which was cleverly converted into a hand washing PSA by lyricist Khac Hung and the Vietnam’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health for him to dance to. Since the video took off, thousands of copycat Hand Washing Challenge or GhenCoVy challenge videos have popped up across TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter.

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#ghencovychallenge #handwashingmove #coronahanddance #VuDieuRuaTay 🌏 Because more international friends are coming to this post so I will change this to English for everyone: COVID-2019 disease is spreading, affecting people and social activities. Regular handwashing is considered a simple and effective method to protect the community from diseases (according to the World Health Organization). According to research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 78% of people say they wash their hands often but only 25% actually wash their hands after going to the toilet, 20% wash their hands before cooking. To spread the habit of washing your hands to prevent this disease, I invite you to take part in the #ghencovychallenge challenge with me. Game rules: You perform the dance of the song Ghen Co Vy with 6 hand washing movements as recommended by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, based on the music song COVID-19 prevention – Jealousy, cooperation between Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, musician Khac Hung, singer Min and singer Erik. Take this challenge or share the following epidemic prevention habits: 1. Wash your hands often with soap or an antiseptic solution. 2. Do not put hands on eyes, nose and mouth. 3. Regularly clean personal hygiene, hygiene of utensils, houses and surroundings. 4. Wear a mask to go to public places, on vehicles or when you are sick. 5. Self-awareness to improve health for themselves, the family and the community. 6. People with symptoms of COVID-19 have high fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc. or close contact with infected person / person suspected of COVID-19 and limit contact with other people and contact local health facilities. After completing the challenge, SHARE + TAG immediately 2 friends want to join this challenge. ✌ 🌐 for news reporters and press who want to use my video, please feel free to do so. 🌐 for people want to dance my choreography, please feel free to do so, it's all yours 🌐 join hands to spread this extremely useful message! 😉 #handwashdance #handwashingdance

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As unusual as the trending challenge is, it’s positively impacting people around the world to take their health and safety seriously and to do their part in preventing the spreading of the coronavirus to themselves and others.