Creator of viral hand-washing video says it offered joy in dark times

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Mar 25 (efe-epa).- An eye-catching Vietnamese dance challenge that shows the correct method of washing hands to avoid contracting COVID-19 accompanied by a catchy tune went viral across the world and its creator, Quang Dang said it allowed people to connect in otherwise worrying times.

The video has racked up more than 5.3 million views as of Wednesday on popular video-sharing app TikTok.

“In dark times, when people become scared and they start to hate each other only dance and art and music can connect people and make them look into the bright side of life,” Dang, the young choreographer who created the viral dance video “Ghen Co Vy,” told EFE.

He was asked by the country’s ministry of health to help them spread awareness about the importance of washing hands and not touching one’s face and hair to prevent infection.

In the video, Dang and another dancer can be seen grooving in yellow shirts outside a supermarket while the lyrics urge people to “push the coronavirus away” by avoiding “rubbing one’s nose, mouth and eyes,” and “limiting visits to public places.”

“I came with the idea of a dance challenge. I chose a part of the song Ghen Co Vy (a government-produced awareness song adopted from a pop hit) and created a dance choreography. I had recently opened a TikTok account so I uploaded it there expecting my friends and followers to see it,” he said.

However, after being released by the government in TV advertisements, the video started getting a large number of hits on Dang’s TikTok account and was soon uploaded to other social networks and TV programs across the world with resounding success.

“It’s unbelievable,” said the artist, who attributes the video’s success to its opportune timing, towards the end of February, when the pandemic was beginning to spread rapidly in different parts of the world.

“The song delivers the right message at the right moment with the right method. People listen to it, learn the dance and at the same time they memorize some information to fight the coronavirus,” he highlighted.

Vietnam has recorded around 134 cases of coronavirus, just 117 of them active, and no deaths.

The virus was first detected in the country at the end of January. EFE-EPA


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