One thing that’s universally recommended to help stop coronavirus is frequent hand washing. In partnership with the World Health Organization, there’s a new Assistant command to make sure you do it properly with “Hey Google, help me wash my hands.”
The commands works on any Google Assistant device and plays a 40-second, 19-line song about washing your hands. It’s sung by the default “Red” voice regardless of which color (or celebrity cameo) you normally have set.
On Android and iOS, you’ll also see lyrics, while Nest Hubs and other Smart Displays show a fullscreen graphic of soap bubbles. It remains for several seconds after the song is complete, but eventually takes you back home.
This Assistant command comes as many in recent days have been finding fun ways and songs to wash their hands to for the recommended length. You more than likely take your phone to the bathroom, while kitchens are a common place for speakers. Both devices critically have hotword recognition to make sure the voice interaction remains hands-free, but be sure to clean you phone from time-to-time.
WHO officially recommends hand washing for 40 seconds, though “at least 20 seconds” is another common guidance. Google has partnered with the international health agency on a number of PSAs, including at the bottom of the Search homepage and in relevant YouTube results. Other efforts include:
- Google Doodle honors Ignaz Semmelweis and reminds you to wash your hands
- YouTube will reduce video quality in Europe during coronavirus pandemic
- Google, Facebook, Twitter, and more commit to battling coronavirus misinformation
- [Update: Progress] Verily launches COVID-19 screener and testing website for SF Bay Area
|Wash, wash, wash your hands
For forty seconds, please
Soap will chase the germs away
So you don’t cough and sneeze
Lather up your hands
Bout half a minute more
Get in between each finger, you can never be too sure
Clean, clean, clean your hands
And if you’re getting bored
Remember, friend, that in the end
Good health is your reward
|Scrub, scrub, scrub your hands
You’re almost there, hooray!
Soap and water, lather up
At least 5 times a day
Rinse, rinse, rinse your hands
Just 5 more seconds now
We’re having fun, we’re almost done
Now let’s get you a towel
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