Home-made videos featuring a catchy Vietnamesesong and an accompanying dance about thenecessity of hand-washing during the coronaviruscrisis have racked up more than 2 million views onvideo app TikTok.
Cribbing the tune from pop song Jealous – or Ghenin Vietnamese – by singers Erik and Min, the Ministryof Health released an animated video with lyricstelling its citizens to "push back the virus Corona, Corona".
The unlikely earworm drew hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube, and was also featuredon HBO's comedic news show Last Week Tonight, with host John Oliver calling it a "genuineclub-banger".
In Vietnam, the nation's youth have taken to TikTok performing hand-washing dance moves,making sure to rub in-between their fingers and their fingernails – which health professionalshave recommended.
Spin-offs include office workers grooving at their desks and even people dressed in the Hmongethnic minority outfits dancing in front of a waterfall.
"The remote village also prevents and fights the epidemic," read the caption on a videofeaturing the Hmong couple.
Popularised by dancer and Internet personality Qang Dang, who has nearly 300,000 followers onTikTok and Instagram, he and another dancer performed it with light-hearted swagger on astreet with food vendors.
It was tagged with the government-issued hashtag #ghencovychallenge, and Dang's originalvideo has been viewed more than 1.1 million times.
The song provides guidance on how to prevent an infection, such as washing hands by "rub,rub, rubbing evenly" and limiting "visits to crowded places".
"We want the song to give fire and reduce tension for those... leading this fight, includingexperts, doctors, medical workers and millions of labourers who are on the frontline to fight thisepidemic daily," the health ministry posted in the video's description.
"Vietnam is determined to win this epidemic!"
Vietnam has a booming youth demographic, with two-thirds of its 97 million citizens underthe age of 35.
It has 16 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, though it says all patients have recovered andbeen discharged.
The country has taken great measures in the fight against the virus, including putting a smallvillage an hour from Hanoi under quarantine after five confirmed cases emerged from there.