Gloria Gaynor ‘will survive’ by washing hands to own iconic song

Friday, March 13, 2020

Music icon Gloria Gaynor has joined the fight against coronavirus by washing her hands to the sound of her hit song I will survive.

The clip, posted on the Grammy award winner’s tiktok channel, was an instant hit on social media, being shared thousands of times and earning millions of views.

In it, Gaynor is seen lip-syncing to her iconic 1978 track while washing her hands with soap and water – the caption read: “It only takes :20 seconds to ‘SURVIVE’!”

The 70-year-old later tweeted: “Stay safe & healthy everyone! Wash your hands often every day for 20 seconds or more!”

Hand washing has been the primary advice from the UK government since the coronavirus arrived in Britain earlier this year.

The government guidelines say that people should wash their hands “for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser”.

It says this should be done when you get to work or arrive home, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze and before you eat or handle food.

Songs have often been used as a way to drive the message home - the standard example for how long you should wash your hands is the time it takes to sing the tune of Happy Birthday twice through.

Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has also been heard advising people to “wash your hands to the national anthem”.

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