Health officials say that hand washing is one of the best ways people can protect themselves from the coronavirus. After using the bathroom, touching your face, sneezing and before eating, scrub with soap and water for 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice)
Here are the choruses to songs that last about 20 seconds to sing while you scrub if you are looking for alternatives to Happy Birthday.
Handwashing chorus: “It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you / There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do / I bless the rains down in Africa / Gonna take some time to do the things we never had”
Prince, “Raspberry Beret”
Handwashing chorus: “She wore a raspberry beret / The kind you find in a second-hand store / Raspberry beret / And if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more / Raspberry beret / I think I love her”
Dolly Parton, “Jolene”
Handwashing chorus: “Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene / I’m begging of you please don’t take my man / Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene / Please don’t take him just because you can”
Belinda Carlisle, “Heaven on Earth”
Handwashing chorus: “Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth? / Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth / They say in heaven love comes first / We’ll make heaven a place on Earth / Ooh, heaven is a place on Earth”
Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon”
Handwashing chorus: “Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon / You come and go, you come and go / Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams / Red, gold and green, red, gold and green”
Visit the NHSinform website for more information.
BBC Newsround has produced a number of useful video clips to help young people understand more about what is happening.
The Scottish Government also issues a daily update about the Coronavirus at 2pm. Visit the Scottish Government website to keep-up-to-date with what’s happening in Scotland.
People are now using a new website, washyourlyrics.com, which provides an infographic with lyrics to the song of your choice that will last for the appropriate amount of time to wash your hands. It was created by teenager William Gibson, a UK-based developer studying computing at school and is a fun way to encourage younger children to wash their hands for the appropriate amount of time. Example of Africa by Toto below.