People around the world are doing what they can to stop the spread of coronavirus. The global health outbreak has reached dozens of countries, and the disease has not been previously identified in humans, according to the World Health Organization.
With more than 100,000 people infected with the virus, also known as COVID-19, everyone is taking serious measures to protect themselves. Major events such as SXSW have been canceled, and others such as Ultra Music Festival have been postponed. Many people are also upping their own personal hygiene measures, such as wearing masks and washing their hands more often.
The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention recommends people wash their hands for 20 seconds, or the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. However, people were getting sick of the song and started thinking about other tunes they could sing for 20 seconds.
We’ve found 10 of the perfect scene songs to sing while washing your hands that are way better than “Happy Birthday.” You can check those out below!
1. My Chemical Romance – “Welcome To The Black Parade”
Millennial Handwashing Tip:
If you want to make sure you wash your hands for 20 seconds, start singing Welcome to the Black Parade from "When I was" to "the beaten and the damned."
— Tracy (@TheOtherTracy) February 29, 2020
“When I was a young boy, my father/Took me into the city to see a marching band/He said, ‘Son, when you grow up, would you be/The savior of the broken, the beaten and the damned?’”
2. blink-182 – “Adam’s Song”
— 20-Second Songs (@soapykaraoke) March 7, 2020
“The world was wide, too late to try/The tour was over, we’d survived/I couldn’t wait till I got home/To pass the time in my room alone”
3. The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
— JohnnyMFT (@JohnnyMFT) March 8, 2020
“Jealousy, turning saints into the sea/Swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis/But it’s just the price I pay, destiny is calling me/Open up my eager eyes, ’cause I’m Mr. Brightside”
4. Panic! At The Disco – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
Great songs to #washyourhands to:
-Pokemon Theme Song (Original)
-Pinky and the Brain Theme Song
-Powerpuff Girls Theme Song
-Dexter's Lab Theme Song
-I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic at the Disco
-In the End – Linkin Park
-Mr. Brightside – The Killers
— Bethany McGann (@blmcgann) March 5, 2020
“I chime in with a/’Haven’t you people ever heard of closing the goddamn door?’/No, it’s much better to face these kinds of things/With a sense of poise and rationality/I chime in/’Haven’t you people ever heard of closing the goddamn door?’/No, it’s much better to face these kinds of things/With a sense of…”
5. Smash Mouth – “All Star”
Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play
Hey now, you're a rock star, get the show on, get paid
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the moldhttps://t.co/32M9zobMgi
— Sing for 20 Seconds at the Sink (@SinkSongs) March 6, 2020
“Hey now, you’re an all star/Get your game on, go play/Hey now, you’re a rock star/Get the show on, get paid/And all that glitters is gold/Only shooting stars break the mold”
6. Waterparks – “I Miss Having Sex But At Least I Don’t Wanna Die Anymore”
— Lara Watson 🔜 BVB in Richmond (@LaraWatson1313) March 9, 2020
7. Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
FUN HANDWASHING TIP:
20 seconds is precisely the amount of time from "I see a little silhouetto of a man" to "I'm just a poor boy nobody loves me" in Bohemian Rhapsody, and is way more fun to sing while you wash your hands than that Happy Birthday bullshit.
— Karen 🦎 (@KarennChameleon) March 2, 2020
“I see a little silhouetto of a man/Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?/Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me/(Galileo) Galileo, (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro magnifico/But I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me”
8. Fall Out Boy – “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”
For my fellow former emokids:
Helena-MCR (26 secs)
Mr. Brightside-The Killers (24 secs)
I Write Sins Not Tragedies-P!ATD (full chorus over 25 secs— of course)
Sugar We’re Going Down-FOB (24 secs)
Misery Business- Paramore (24 secs)#WashYourHands https://t.co/cWX8v5dYRA
— Nico Cisneros (@nicomcisneros) March 3, 2020
“We’re going down, down in an earlier round/And sugar, we’re going down swinging/I’ll be your number one with a bullet/A loaded God complex, cock it and pull it/We’re going down, down in an earlier round/And sugar, we’re going down swinging/I’ll be your number one with a bullet/A loaded God complex, cock it and pull it”
9. Green Day – “Basket Case”
Oooh I just timed first verse of Green Day's Basket Case at 20 seconds
— ᴠɪᴄᴛøʀ.ᴢᴀᴘᴀɴᴛᴀ (@victorzapanta) March 5, 2020
“Do you have the time to listen to me whine?/About nothing and everything all at once/I am one of those melodramatic fools/Neurotic to the bone/No doubt about it”
10. Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
Hand Washing PSA:
Singing the chorus of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” with warm soapy water is a full 20 seconds.
— Joey Palacios (@Joeycules) March 7, 2020
“So you’re a tough guy/Like it really rough guy/Just can’t get enough guy/Chest always so puffed guy/I’m that bad type/Make your mama sad type/Make your girlfriend mad type/Might seduce your dad type/I’m the bad guy/Duh”
More on the coronavirus
On Dec. 31, 2019, several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, were reported to the World Health Organization. Wild animals sold at The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market were believed to be the source, so the business was closed by health authorities. Chinese scientists later suggested through a study that it was imported from elsewhere.
On Jan. 7, authorities identified it as the coronavirus or COVID-19. Four days later, the first death was confirmed in China. By Jan. 22, there are 547 confirmed cases in the country. China has since reached 80,552 confirmed cases and more than 3,000 deaths.
On Jan. 30, the first person in the United States was confirmed to be infected by person-to-person transmission in Illinois. Since then, more than 225 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the U.S. with 12 deaths as of Thursday. Earlier today, the House passed $8 billion in emergency funding to fight the virus.
On Feb. 24, Marilyn Manson was among the first to cancel a trip to Asia with Live Nation revealing the shock rocker’s highly anticipated performance at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo on March 18 was no longer happening. While neither Manson nor Live Nation released an official reason for the cancelation, it’s assumed it’s related to coronavirus concerns.
Four days later, Green Day postponed their Asian tour. Set to embark out on the Hella Mega tour in support of their latest album, Father Of All…, the leg would’ve have taken them through Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and a few other notable dates.
Since then, Avril Lavigne, Set It Off, YUNGBLUD and Slipknot have also canceled their tours to Asia. Miami’s Ultra Music Festival postponed to 2021, and this month’s Austin-based SXSW was officially called off after a petition to cancel the event garnered many signatures and corporate sponsors and artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Trent Reznor canceled appearances.
Concerns over the virus have also affected the film industry. Disney made the decision to postpone the live-action Mulan release date in China after nearly 70,000 theaters were closed. The next installment in the James Bond franchise, No Time To Die, was set to open April 10 but has since shifted worldwide to November.
Currently, there isn’t a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention has shared some preventive measures. These include staying home when you’re sick and avoiding close contact with others who are ill. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard immediately.
You can get more information on the coronavirus on the CDC’s website here.