Coronavirus prevention tips: Other songs to use to wash your hands

Other strategies for washing your hands amid coronavirus concerns

Health experts say you need to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water to get them clean, CNET reported. Songs like “Happy Birthday” give you the 20-second timer needed. but it can be boring to keep singing, or humming, the same song all the time.

But how do you find the perfect hand-washing song? Well, there’s an app for that.

A 17-year-old web developer from the U.K. created the app “Wash Your Lyrics” that uses a National Health Service infographic that is matched with other songs, according to Huffington Post.

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“I wanted to make the poster for all my favorite songs, so I wrote a script to automate the entire process, which was a lot more fun than copying and pasting the lyrics into Photoshop,” William Gibson told the Huffington Post.

The program gets the lyrics from Genius and has a little wiggle room for the exact timing, CNET reported.

Gibson’s app caught the attention of singers as well as leaders in the U.K.

FILE PHOTO: If "Happy Birthday" isn't your song for making sure you wash your hands long enough, there's an app that will pair your lyrics with the proper washing technique.
FILE PHOTO: If "Happy Birthday" isn't your song for making sure you wash your hands long enough, there's an app that will pair your lyrics with the proper washing technique. (PhotoAlto/Odilon Dimier/Getty Images/PhotoAlto)