The coronavirus is spreading, and there’s a lot of concern over how to handle it.
There’s a dangerous shortage of tests circulating for doctors to actually find out if people have the virus and not just another flu or cold. That means infected people are likely spreading the virus even further without knowing it because not everyone who gets coronavirus has a life-threatening experience. But someone they come in contact with might, which is why early detection and quarantine is so important.
So, what can you do? Short term, you can try to work from home if that’s an option. You can also wash your hands like a fiend.
Washing your hands and avoiding touching your face is one of the best options for protecting yourself from infection, but we’re not talking a light rinse. There’s a specific way to wash your hands and a recommended length of time for scrubbing. About 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to sing through “Happy Birthday” twice.
Journalist Jen Monnier is washing her hands, but she’s gotten a little tired of that old tune:
You’re supposed to wash your hands for 20 sec, which is the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. But I’m tired of singing Happy Birthday and you probably are too, so I’ve done the very important public service of compiling other songs with roughly 20 sec choruses to sing:
— Jen Monnier (@JenMonnier) March 2, 2020
She offered a few other options with 20-second choruses because we definitely don’t want people to stop washing their hands just because they’re bored.
Love On Top:
Since most people are sick of thinking about sickness, they were quick to jump on the game and offer up even more:
The other usual CPR contender is Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” – HOWEVER the chorus is only 17 seconds, so the Bee Gees win this one.
Nellie The Elephant comes in at a useless 14 seconds. Avoid.
— Tom Forsyth (@tom_forsyth) March 2, 2020
Never picked crabs but I will wash mine as if I just cut up a jalapeno pepper for my chili.
— Dr BrainNerd (@DrRachenDrachen) March 2, 2020
More like 25 hours stuck in your head after.
— J. Asselin (@JBen2A) March 2, 2020
This is so cool! I’ll try teaching this to the kids at work
— Maria☕️ (@maria_e_wi) March 2, 2020
Yes, and very fast. That’s kinda the problem.
— aliza (is on hiatus till wednesday) (@NomDeWho) March 2, 2020
I think too many student parties/discos back in the 80’s have hardwired me to be jumping around in a circle arms round everyone nearby to do this in a restaurant bathroom.
But it could be fun.
— Lesley (@ParattiNo1) March 2, 2020
OH HOLY FUCK
— 🌸please talk to me abt josuke,,,🌸 (@MoriohVro) March 2, 2020
Gaga, ooh la-la
Wash your haa-aa-ands
Gaga, ooh la-la
Wash your damned hands
— Paul Brousseau (@object88) March 3, 2020
I use one verse of My Sharona, but sung as My Carona
— John D. Kattar (@jdkattar) March 2, 2020
Keep washing those hands, folks, and stay groovy.