While governments worldwide find ways to keep their citizens informed about the dangers and prevention of the Coronavirus, Vietnam has created a wildly-popular awareness campaign ad with a catchy PSA promoting preventative measures such as hand-washing and sanitation.
“Ghen Co Vy,” which is based on the melody of the Vietnamese pop song “Ghen,” was written by Khac Hung, in collaboration with the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health and then performed by the songs original singers ERIK and MIN.
Not only has the song gone viral in Vietnam, but the international media has also picked up on it with a feature in Billboard Magazine as well as on comedian John Oliver’s popular HBO program, “Last Week Tonight.”
“Vietnam made a song about washing your hands to prevent coronavirus infection, and it absolutely slaps,” Oliver said during the most recent episode. “That’s a genuine club banger right there,” the comedian quipped, before making even more references to it later in the show along with performing the choreographed moves himself.
Since its release, the song has started a trending dance called the #ghencovychallenge on TikTok. Choreographed by Vietnamese dancer Quang Dang, the moves have inspired hundreds of others to put their own spin on the dance.
“I want to use my own language (dance) to spread the right information about fighting Covid-19 to as many people as possible,” the choreographer behind the song’s TikTok challenge told Billboard.
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I am so happy that my dance spread the world ? Thank you @unicef for sharing it. More people know about this, means more people can protect themselves ? Let's beat it back Covid-19 Corona Virus together! ? ??? #handwashingmove #handwashingdance #vudieuruatay #covid19 #coronavirus
Check out Oliver’s full bit here, including his take on the super-catchy song.
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