Cribbing the tune from pop song Jealous – or Ghen in Vietnamese – by singers Erik and Min, the Ministry of Health released an animated video with lyrics telling its citizens to “push back the virus Corona, Corona”.
Home-made videos featuring a catchy Vietnamese song and accompanying dance about the necessity of hand-washing during the coronavirus crisis have racked up more than 2 million views on the TikTok video app.
Vietnamese youth have taken to TikTok performing hand-washing dance moves, making sure to rub in-between their fingers and their fingernails – which health professionals have recommended. The video rapidly grew with hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube, and was also featured on HBO’s comedic news show Last Week Tonight, with host John Oliver calling it a “genuine club-banger”.
In the original video, uploaded last month, a yellow-shirt-wearing Dang and a matching buddy can be seen grooving in unison to a tune based on Vietnamese pop hit “Ghen.” The song was cleverly converted into a hand-washing PSA by lyricist Khac Hung and Vietnam’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, reports CBS News.
Dang choreographed the hand-cleaning dance moves to go with the lyrics.
The resultant rendition — dubbed “Ghen Co Vy” (Vietnamese for coronavirus) — urges the public to “push the coronavirus away” by refraining from “rubbing one’s nose, mouth and eyes, limiting visits to public places,” and, of course, washing one’s hands thoroughly. After all, scrubbing one’s mitts is more effective than hand sanitizer when it comes to stave off COVID-19.
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