US magazine Billboard has heaped praises on a Vietnamese song guiding the prevention of the novel coronavirus in a recent article, calling it an “insanely catchy” tune.
A shot in the animated video of "Ghen Co Vy" (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health)
“Ghen Co Vy,” based on the melody of the V-pop hit “Ghen (Jealous),” is a work by composer Khac Hung, in collaboration with the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health.
It’s performed by the tune’s original singers Erik and Min.
“As the coronavirus continues to spread, governments are taking actions in an attempt to keep their countries’ residents safe. Vietnam in particular seems to have nailed the awareness strategy by releasing a wildly catchy public service announcement (PSA) promoting preventative measures such as hand-washing and sanitation, as highlighted on the latest episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” wrote the article.
The infectious track got so much attention it sparked a trending dance called the #ghencovychallenge on TikTok, choreographed by popular dancer Quang Dang, it continued.
Since his post, hundreds of others have put their own spin on the dance, which includes swagged-out movements mimicking hand-scrubbing.
"Ghen Co Vy", known as the “washing hands song” in English, has been growing in popularity globally, with French television channel BFMTV the latest place to feature the track.
In the TV show “Last Week Tonight” by John Oliver (HBO) March 1, the American host constantly praised a Vietnamese song on how to fight covid-19.