Disco diva Gloria Gaynor is here to help you survive the coronavirus pandemic.
The 70-year-old singer hopped on TikTok and repurposed her 1980 breakup anthem, “I Will Survive,” on Wednesday to show people how to properly wash their hands.
She is seen in the video, which has racked up nearly 14,000 views in less than 24 hours, sudsing up in the bathroom and swaying her hips and shoulders as she lip-syncs her hit.
“It only takes :20 seconds to ‘SURVIVE!’ ” reads an accompanying caption with her dance hall ditty, which — along with the “Happy Birthday” song sung twice and other tunes — happens to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that suggest washing one’s hands for at least that long.
Gaynor, whose album “Testimony” won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album, adds to a flurry of social media instructional posts and videos — including a recent dance routine from a pair of inspired Vietnam residents — meant to boost proper hygiene and stem the spread of the virus.
It only takes :20 seconds to “SURVIVE!”👏💕🎶 #iWillSurviveChallenge #fyp #coronavirus #handwashing
♬ I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Gaynor’s bouncy boogie classic not only melds with the appropriate scrubbing time frame, but the lyrics can also serve as an inspirational message for the masses. “Did you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die?” she sings in her hit song. “Oh, no. Not I — I will survive!”
Perhaps someone should clue in Ariana Grande about Gaynor’s timely method.
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