The coronavirus outbreak has caused worldwide panic not to mention racist attacks on Asians and their businesses. As COVID-19 continues to spread, governments are taking swift action to keep the public calm and safe.
Instead of a boring PSA, Vietnam released a catchy sing-along with cool animation to promote preventive steps like washing your hands and sanitation.
The song was highlighted on an episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and, as John commented, “That’s a genuine club banger right there”. John continued, “Vietnam made a song about washing your hands to prevent coronavirus infection, and it absolutely slaps.” It’s definitely a good way to communicate with the public and how they can protect themselves.
‘Ghen Co Vy’ was based off the melody of a hit V-pop song, ‘Ghen‘. It was a collaboration between songwriter-producer Khac Hung and the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health. It’s performed by the same singers, ERIK and MIN, from the original track.
The song got a lot of attention since its release and started a trending TikTok challenge called the #ghencovychallenge, which mimics hand-scrubbing dance moves.
It’s choreographed by Quang Dang, a famous Vietnamese dancer. After he posted the video, hundreds of people have followed and put their own twist to the challenge.
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In an interview with Billboard, he told them that he wants to spread the right information on the COVID-19, using his own way – which is dancing.
“I think knowledge is power, this is the information era. We have false information everywhere. So getting the right awareness and the right information is very important so we can use our power in the right way,” he said.
According to the latest report by World Health Organization (WHO), Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases of COVID-19 since 3 March 2020, with no new cases reported for the last 19 days. In Malaysia, there are 14 new COVID-19 cases recorded as of today, with a total of 50 cases to date and zero deaths reported.
However scary it seems, Malaysia is one of the best at handling the outbreak. We can do our part by following simple steps to protect ourselves and verify news sources before believing them.
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