Vietnam health department's coronavirus song goes viral, becomes TikTok challenge

An infectiously catchy song released by Vietnam's health department about protecting yourself against coronavirus has gone viral around the world.

The song, titled Ghen Co Vy, is a collaboration between musicians Khac Hung, Min and Erik, and Vietnam's Institute of Occupation and Environmental Health. It uses the melody from Min and Erik's song Ghen, but includes new lyrics communicating preventative measures against the deadly virus.

"In this critical moment of fighting the plague, we hope the song can spread more fire and less stress to the frontline soldiers of this war," a caption accompanying the song on YouTube says. 

"That is the team of experts, physicians, health workers and millions of workers who are in the front lines of exposure and daily struggle with the disease."

The song includes lyrics like: "Wash our hands, rub, rub, rub, rub evenly", "Do not touch eyes, nose, mouth", and "limit visits to crowded places".

It has millions of views online and is getting even more traction on the TikTok platform, where the song has become its own 'challenge'. A TikTok challenge is a particular dance or action that users film themselves doing, usually with music and text. 

The #ghencovychallenge is seeing many young users dance to the song, and gained the attention of television host John Oliver who featured it on his Last Week Tonight show. Oliver called the song "incredible" and tried out the dance himself. 

Quang Dang made the song popular on his TikTok and told Billboard: "I want to use my own language (dance) to spread the right information about fighting COVID-19 to as many people as possible."

"Especially the young people! They usually don't get the right information."

Sixteen people became infected with coronavirus in Vietnam, but all have recovered.