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Teen’s tool allows music fans to pair songs to coronavirus hand-washing routine

Health Secretary Matt Hancock praised 17-year-old designer William Gibson for a ‘great initiative’, created in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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The tool allows users to add their own choice of songs to the recommended handwashing procedure (Wash Your Lyrics/NHS/WHO)

The tool allows users to add their own choice of songs to the recommended handwashing procedure (Wash Your Lyrics/NHS/WHO)

The tool allows users to add their own choice of songs to the recommended handwashing procedure (Wash Your Lyrics/NHS/WHO)

A new tool created by a teenager encourages coronavirus-conscious music-lovers to match the lyrics of their favourite song to the NHS’ recommended hand-washing procedure.

Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, public health bodies such as the NHS recommended washing hands for 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.

To spare everyone the boredom of repeating the birthday song over and over, 17-year-old designer William Gibson created a website, Wash Your Lyrics, to generate the perfect hand-washing accompaniment.

Matt Hancock said it was a “great initiative” (Twitter screengrab/PA)

Users can enter the title of their chosen song along with the artist to automatically generate a poster matching the lyrics to the 13-step washing routine.

According to stats shared by Mr Gibson, more than 89,000 posters were created using the website in the first day of its existence, with Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen proving the most popular choice.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was among those to praise the “great initiative”.

People quickly customised their personal hand-washing routines using the generator, with one popular choice being All Star by Smash Mouth.

While some went for pop classics, others chose more topical songs, including Clean by Taylor Swift.

One Twitter user pointed out that Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees, which is often used to time CPR, also fits well with the guidelines.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company even encouraged Bard fans to scrub while reciting Lady Macbeth’s famous “out, damned spot!” speech.

Mr Gibson, from Northamptonshire, said: “I kind of get a feel when I launch something for if it’s going to be popular or not and I felt like this could be something, but I didn’t expect it to get to the point where #WashYourLyrics was trending on Twitter, it’s crazy!

“People are washing their hands more which is ultimately a good thing when it comes to stopping COVID-19, and they’re having fun while doing it which makes it all the better!”

PA