People are turning to fun, catchy songs to promote practices like social distancing and proper hand-washing.
The Ndlovu Youth Choir in South Africa is making waves on social media with a song preaching preventive measures for coronavirus.
In less than two minutes, the group dressed in brightly colored traditional attire sings and dances while advising Africans in English and Zulu not to panic, to wash their hands and to avoid touching their faces.
“Wash your hands, don’t touch your face…we will beat corona. Don’t panic. Don’t spread rumors,” the lyrics of their song say.
In the song, released in February, Akuetteh urges the world not to give up but to continue fighting until the disease is eventually conquered.
He also explains the symptoms and effects of the virus.
“I heard of this new coronavirus spreading at the speed of light. Breathing in this virus will give you pneumonia for free, maybe no obvious symptoms for 14 days. The next step is high body temperature, sneezing, sore throat, difficulty in breathing,” he raps.
Music stars react
Music artists have taken to social media to educate users on how to maintain personal hygiene in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nigerian singer-songwriter Asa (real name Bukola Elemide) shared a fun video on her Instagram page, singing and encouraging people to sneeze into their elbows and wash their hands.
“Remember to always wash your hands. Wash the back, wash the front, wash the inside… and if you sneeze you should dab,” she sang cheerfully in the video.