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Grammy winner Gloria Gaynor, 70 takes to TikTok to promote proper hand washing

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If the coronavirus means you’re going to be washing your hands a whole lot more than you normally would, why not liven things up with a little music?

What, do you think we’d lay down and die?

In fact, to get into the spirit of good hand-washing technique, we made a list of songs from New Jersey talents whose memorable lyrics could serve as a soundtrack to your scrubbing.

One of those songs is “I Will Survive,” Newark native Gloria Gaynor’s Grammy-winning hit about persevering in the face of struggle. In the song, that struggle is a breakup, but the message can be applied to any hardship where “crumbling” is just not an option.

In this case, a pandemic.

It turns out Gaynor had a similar idea. The Grammy-winning singer recently debuted her #IWillSurviveChallenge on TikTok, urging people to wash their hands for the recommended 20 seconds (as per the Centers for Disease Control) by using “I Will Survive” to guide them through.

In a video, Gaynor, 70, who won her second Grammy in January for her gospel album “Testimony,” sings along to her song while lathering her hands.

“It only takes 20 seconds to ‘SURVIVE’!” Gaynor posted Tuesday, sharing the clip.

Of course, it helps that Gaynor’s song holds he distinction of being a tune that nearly everyone knows the words to.

In 1980, “I Will Survive” won the only Grammy given in history for best disco recording. The iconic dance floor anthem hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979.

@gloriagaynor

It only takes :20 seconds to “SURVIVE!”👏💕🎶 ##iWillSurviveChallenge ##fyp ##coronavirus ##handwashing

♬ I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

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