LONDON: Seventeen-year-old designer William Gibson recently created the website Wash Your Lyrics, which allows users to funk up the hand-washing guidelines of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).
As measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 intensify globally, public-health officials across the world are urging people to follow the hand hygiene recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“Hand hygiene is the most important measure to avoid the transmission of harmful germs and prevent health care-associated infections,” WHO explains in a brochure dedicated to hand-washing, whose entire process should last between 20 and 30 seconds.
While the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you take the time to sing “Happy Birthday” twice as you wash your hands, Wash Your Lyrics aims to add more variety to your hand-washing musical repertoire.
“It just felt so sad singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to myself every time I washed my hands,” Gibson recently told the BBC, adding that “[he]had a feeling it would be popular – but didn’t think it would go quite this big.”
Wash Your Lyrics allows users to type in the song title and artist of their choice to create a personified hand-washing infographics, which includes the 13 recommended steps with the lyrics to match.
Since the launch of the website, numerous artistes and companies have shared their own instructional graphics across social media, with Billy Ray Cyrus advising his fans to wash their hands to the lyrics of his chart-topping collaboration with Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road.”