Google Collaborates with WHO to Get Assistant to Sing People Through Washing Their Hands Properly

The fun upbeat song features whimsical rhymes.
Loukia Papadopoulos

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Google has collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) to release a new assistant command that sings people through washing their hands properly. This is an exciting and fun development, as hand washing is one of the most effective and crucial measures we have to take in order to stop the SARS CoV-2 virus from spreading.


"Google Assistant can help you and your family put the handwashing best practices from @WHOto use," read a Twitter post by Google.

40 to 60 seconds

The command is a simple one. Simply say “Hey Google, help me wash my hands” to get Google Assistant to play an instructional song to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” for 40 seconds.

40 seconds to 60 seconds is the time that WHO recommends for washing your hands. The command is effective on all Google Assistant devices, including mobile and smart displays like Nest Hub. On mobile, you get an extra treat as the accompanying lyrics pop up, and on Nest Hub soap bubbles appear.

Whimsical rhymes

The pleasant song is set to whimsical rhymes. “Lather up your hands, bout half a minute more \ Get in between each finger you can never be too sure,” sings one lyric. 

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More importantly, it is a reminder that all of us can do something to help stop the spread of COVID-19, even if we are not the most at risk for infection. Studies have shown that many carriers of the virus show little or no symptoms and are therefore more liable to spread it. Do your share and wash your hands thoroughly, whether you have the virus or not! We're all in this together.

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