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Tired of singing ‘Happy Birthday’? Here are 5 OPM songs you can use to time your hand-washing

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in countries outside of China. According to WHO Situation Report dated March 5, there are five new countries and territories affected by the disease outbreak including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gibraltar, Hungary, Slovenia, and occupied Palestinian territory. With that, the total number of confirmed cases worldwide now stands at 95, 333; while the organization’s global and regional risk assessment, including China, remains to be “very high.”

To stop the spread of infection, health officials keep reminding the public to frequently wash their hands using soap or disinfect with an alcohol-based hand rub. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, proper handwashing takes about 20 seconds and singing the “Happy Birthday (HBD)” song twice can help you keep track of time.

However, Twitter users came up with an idea for alternative songs to sing besides the usual birthday song—and here are some of their handwashing playlist suggestions:

A true emo kid will surely belt out My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade”

While K-pop fans will enjoy singing BTS’ recent song “ON”

Prepare to bring the beat in with Beyonce’s “Love On Top” 

Since “sharing is caring,” Twitter user @imfeelingsocial also shared the “Coronavirus Sanitation Soundtrack” she created on a popular digital music platform.

Photo credit: Twitter.com/@imfeelingsocial

Aside from foreign music, you might want to try singing a variety of Filipino novelty songs—because, why not?!  These songs played a significant role in Philippine music culture as they were often used in noontime variety shows, movies, schools, and corporate events.

Bakit Papa by SexBomb Girls

There is a “hilarious phrase” that goes, “Hindi tayo pinalaki ng Sexbomb para bumawi (The SexBomb girls did not raise us just to give up!).”

So let’s fight COVID-19 by washing our hands while singing “Bakit Papa” that takes about 30 seconds if you sing it from chorus until “Kaya ngayo’y naloloka. Aaww!.” 

via Tenor

Jumbo Hotdog by Masculados

If you’re a fan of Masculados, simply sing the whole chorus: “Jumbo hotdog, kaya mo ba ‘to? Kaya mo ba ‘to? Kaya mo ba ‘to? Jumbo hotdog, kaya mo ba’to? Hindi kami bato para magpatalo. Jumbo hotdog, kaya mo ba ‘to?”

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Hawak Kamay by Yeng Constantino

Due to the COVID-19 scare, health officials advised the public to refrain from holding hands with their partners. BUT,  you can totally sing the song “Hawak Kamay (Hold hands)” to keep your hands clean. Just sing the bridge part slowly (with emotions) like how Yeng Constantino does it!

“Wag mong sabihin nag-iisa ka” to “Narito ako oh, narito ako”.

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Beep Ang Sabi Ng Jeep (Dubidubidapdap) By Willie Revillame

If you want some extra challenge, you can sing the whole chorus that goes like “Dubidubidapdap…Beep beep beep beep beep (bee-bee-beep)”.

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Bulaklak by Viva Hot Babes

Or, you can just hum the tune of “Bulaklak (flower)!” Start with the first verse then stop at the chorus that goes like this, “Ang sarap-sarap amuyin ang bulaklak”.

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Apart from proper handwashing, you can cut the risk of getting the virus by keeping a distance from sick people, avoiding crowded places, and wearing a mask—especially when you have pre-existing medical conditions.

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