• "It only takes :20 seconds to 'SURVIVE!'" she captioned the video in a tweet. (Getty Images North America)Source: Getty Images North America
Gaynor has started the #IWillSurviveChallenge as a way of encouraging people to wash their hands for 20 seconds.
Samuel Leighton-Dore

13 Mar 2020 - 11:49 AM  UPDATED 13 Mar 2020 - 11:49 AM

It can be hard to find wholesome, uplifting content as the world grapples with a pandemic - which is precisely why we're so grateful to music icon Gloria Gaynor.

Gaynor, who first released her hit song 'I Will Survive' in 1978, has given the legendary track new life by performing it while washing her hands. Not only that, but she did it on youth video-sharing app TikTok, with the footage now circulating and going viral (ha) on social media.

The video is all part of Gaynor's new #IWillSurviveChallenge, encouraging her legions of fans to properly wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

"It only takes :20 seconds to 'SURVIVE!'" she captioned the video in a tweet.

TikTok has been well utilised during the coronavirus outbreak, with Vietnam even starting an official hand-washing dance challenge to encourage young people to practise good personal hygiene.

A song produced by singer Khac Hun in conjunction with Vietnam's National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health explains how to wash your hands properly and reminds listeners to be cautious when in crowded places.

A Vietnamese named Quang Dang then choreographed a dance for the track, kicking off a new - and ultimately informative- TikTok craze.

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