This Mom’s Trick for Getting Daughter to Wash Her Hands Is Brilliant

It’s the “corona shuffle.”
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Mar 2020

If there’s one thing everyone has likely heard in the past week or two, it’s “wash your hands.” Between the regular flu season and constant news of the coronavirus, it’s smart to take precautions! But ensuring your child is also taking those precautions can be a little more challenging. Luckily, one mom has come up with a brilliant idea for getting her daughter to wash her hands.

Savannah Guthrie, TODAY co-anchor, recently posted a video of her and her 5-year-old daughter, Vale Guthrie Feldman, washing their hands. They sing an adorable, made-up song called the “Corona Shuffle.” Guthrie wrote in the caption of the post, “Making hand washing fun. Making corona less scary for little ones.”

In the video, Guthrie sings, “We get soap under our nails. What’s it called?” “The corona shuffle,” her daughter answers, continuing, “Now we rinse our hands… it’s time to rinse, rinse, rinse them!” She then adorably splashes her mom with the leftover soapy water, to which Guthrie jokingly says, “Splash optional.”

Followers love the idea, with one person commenting, “Everyone should teach their children how to wash their hands & often,” while another wrote, “Using this for sure.” Another still wrote, “Love this Savannah. Thanks for sharing.”

Among news reports of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, one thing doctors and public health experts have strongly recommended people do to protect themselves is wash their hands frequently. While experts are working on learning more about COVID-19 in an effort to combat it, in the meantime the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges people to take precautions, including avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your face, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and staying home if you are sick. They also advise people cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash, as well as wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

To learn more about coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website.

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