TikTok Partners With WHO And Begs You To Wash Your Hands, You Derty, Derty Pigs

In the wake of COVID-19, social media has been a valuable tool in preventing the disease, emphasising the importance of social distancing and helping people feel like they’re not alone.

In Italy, Italians are sharing videos of themselves in quarantine singing songs of resilience and of their country with their neighbours and from their balconies, shortly before Stan Twitter hijacked it into a meme. In Vietnam, a choreographer made a TikTok dance based on a government music video on how to avoid catching coronavirus, and it kinda legit slaps. 

And in America, well, someone licked a toilet seat on a plane just bcuz she could… truly Darwinism at its finest, folks. 

Anyway, in more uplifting news, TikTok and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are working together to help spread awareness on appropriate preventive measures against COVID-19. Namely, with their #SafeHands challenge, they’re telling anyone with more than half a brain cell to wash our damn hands.

And, it’s not only watering my non-existent crops but it’s saving lives. 

@who

Join the WHO ##SafeHands challenge and show us how you practice ##handhygiene to be safe from ##coronavirus. Let’s fight ##COVID19 together!

♬ original sound – who

What is the #SafeHands challenge?

The #SafeHands challenge is a new TikTok hashtag designed to get people to wash their hands thoroughly and to a song that’s at least 40 seconds long. In fact, as per WHO and our medical chief officer Professor Brendan Murphy in today’s speech, it’s not only recommended to wash your hands at least once an hour, but also anytime you touch something that’s been touched by others in the public, like hand rails on a bus to machines at the gym.

Although, as celebs keep reminding us, the best precaution is to just stay at home and socially distance.

Why do I need to wash my hands so much?

As BBC Robot Wars judge and science author Dr. Lucy Rogers shared in a demonstration below using black pepper (resembling bacteria), oil (to represent fat) and water, when you touch a public surface, bacteria clings to your body and becomes undetectable to the eye. 

But, when you wash your hands with soap or alcohol-based solution, the soap breaks down the fat that contains the virus and causes the virus to fall apart. 

@drlucyrogers

demo to show how something as simple as soap can kill a virus. For more info on ##coronavirus pls follow @ifrc and @who ##edutok ##science

♬ original sound – drlucyrogers
@fallontonight

Stay safe! Wash your hands! ##SafeHands @who

♬ original sound – fallontonight

As the description on TikTok reads, “take 40 seconds, turn on the faucet, and show us what you’re thinking while washing and making sure you have #safehands.”

Here are some of our faves

Currently, as of writing this, there are over 740m videos using the #SafeHands challenge.

From families bunkering down to self-isolating teens, people are washing their hands to the tunes of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” BlackPink’s “Kill This Love” (proper hygiene in your area) and the theme to this damn virus on TikTok, “Corona Time.”

And people’s reactions have been, in true TikTok fashion, kinda genius and creative af.

@hamstarz

He is doing all he can to stop the spread of Corona…..are you?😉 (Tips from CDC) 👍🏻 ##hamster ##corona ##cdc

♬ Its Corona time – playboierik21
@alanchikinchow

sing your favorite kpop song while washing your hands! make those 20 seconds into a party 🥳 ##safehands ##blackpink @theoneshu @bsoohoo

♬ Kill This Love – BLACKPINK
@ucla

@ucla.scattertones showing us how it’s done a cappella style. 🧼🙌 ##coronavirus ##duetthis ##fyp ##tiktokuniversity

♬ original sound – ucla
@jordypizza

How to Occupy Your Mind While You Wash Your Hands (pt. 1 on @comedycentral) ##howto ##coronavirus ##washyourhands

♬ original sound – jordypizza
@totallynotcollin

just wash your hands please🥺 ##safehands ##fyp ##foryou

♬ She Share Story (for Vlog) – 山口夕依
@brittany.xavier

20 seconds: the length of this video and how long you should be washing your hands for ##safehands ##coronavirus ##handwashing

♬ Supalonely (feat. Gus Dapperton) – BENEE
@ohdamnjam

just in case singing Happy Birthday is getting kinda boring. ##foryou

♬ original sound – ohdamnjam

Celebs are getting on board with #SafeHands, too

And it wouldn’t be a viral TikTok trend without some celebrities getting on board and using their social platform for good… and to advertise their music ofc. Girls’ gotta work, especially when their gigs are getting cancelled.

@ajrbrothers

Too much time on our hands. But never enough soap on our hands. Stay healthy everyone. ##SafeHands ##foryou ##fyp ##BANG

♬ Bang! – AJR

As far as Nicole Scherzinger sees it, we don’t *have* to dress in pjs or the same shirt for the third day if we’re stuck in our homes. We can be sexy, dress up and be badass, too. See me with these #SafeHands.

@nicolescherzinger

Best way to wash your hands? Watching this video while you do it 🧼💦 Stay safe and keep washing those hands!! 🖤##safehands ##pussycatdolls ##react

♬ original sound – nicolescherzinger

Then there’s Kristin Chenoweth singing… something? Lord knows what’s going on with her since Wicked and Glee.

@kristinchenoweth

Taylor the Latte Boy wants YOU to wash your hands! 🧼 ##safehands ##taylorthelatteboy ##fyp ##washyourhands ##handwashing ##kristinchenoweth ##coronavirus

♬ original sound – kristinchenoweth

And then, of course, the legends themselves, Gloria Gaynor and Mariah Carey, proving that if we wash our hands, we will survive. 

@gloriagaynor

It only takes :20 seconds to “SURVIVE!”👏💕🎶 ##iWillSurviveChallenge ##fyp ##coronavirus ##handwashing

♬ I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
@mariahcarey

Cleaning our hands to 20 seconds of Ol’ Dirty Bastard! ##SafeHands

♬ original sound – mariahcarey

Or, if none of these work for you, you can always follow the #SafeHands advice of Tim Pearce, a kind and gentle old man and the Associate Curator of Mollusks at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, U.S., and sing about slugs.

@carnegiemnh

Assistant Curator of Mollusks takes the WHO ##safehands challenge. ##handhygiene ##covid19

♬ original sound – carnegiemnh

Look at the end of the day, if we survived Cats, we can survive this, too. We have a Harry Styles Tiny Desk Concert, soon, Animal Crossing, *websites* and Bon Appétit to get us through this period of self-isolation. But, if you are worried, know that there are people who will listen

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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