It's in our hands: a rapid, international initiative to translate a hand hygiene song during the COVID-19 pandemic

      The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to affect the global community deeply and rapidly, with more than 200 countries impacted at the time of writing (May 2nd, 2020). In order to manage the extent of this pandemic, there is a need to develop, disseminate, and implement infection prevention and control strategies in healthcare settings and in the community. Early on in the outbreak, there were general recommendations to frequently wash hands to reduce the spread of infection. With the current, relentless global scale of COVID-19, international compliance with handwashing frequency and technique is more important than ever.
      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment


      Subscribe to Journal of Hospital Infection
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect


        • Allegranzi B.
        • Gayet-Ageron A.
        • Damani N.
        • Bengaly L.
        • McLaws M.L.
        • Moro M.L.
        • et al.
        Global implementation of WHO’s multimodal strategy for improvement of hand hygiene: a quasi-experimental study.
        Lancet Infect Dis. 2013; 13: 843-851
        • World Health Organization
        Hand hygiene: why, how & when?.
        WHO, Geneva2009
        • Wu Z.
        • McGoogan J.M.
        Characteristics of and important lessons from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in China: summary of a report of 72314 cases from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
        JAMA. 2020;
        • Wölfel R.
        • Corman V.M.
        • Guggemos W.
        • Seilmaier M.
        • Zange S.
        • Müller M.A.
        • et al.
        Virological assessment of hospitalized patients with COVID-2019.
        Nature. 2020 Apr 1; ([Epub ahead of print])
        • Thampi N.
        • Villeneuve L.N.
        • Longtin Y.
        Wash your hands.
        Brother John! BMJ. 2019; 367: l6050
        • Leo V.
        • Sihvonen A.J.
        • Linnavalli T.
        • Tervaniemi M.
        • Laine M.
        • Soinila S.
        • et al.
        Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the mnemonic effect of songs after stroke.
        Neuroimage Clin. 2019; 24: 101948
        • Ludke K.M.
        • Ferreira F.
        • Overy K.
        Singing can facilitate foreign language learning.
        Mem Cognit. 2014; 42: 41-52
        • Schaefer R.S.
        Auditory rhythmic cueing in movement rehabilitation: findings and possible mechanisms.
        Phil Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2014; 369: 20130402