As part of its campaign to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Department of Health opened an account on Chinese-owned video-sharing platform TikTok and shared a video of its personnel dancing—to teach people how to avoid the dread disease.
The DOH’s official Facebook account shared on Thursday a video of three workers dancing to the song “The Weekend,” while tips on how to prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, flashed on the screen.
The six-minute TikTok video advised its viewers to wash their hands, maintain a one-meter distance from their neighbors, avoid touching their face, and follow proper cough etiquette.
It was an instant hit among Facebook users, garnering 288,000 views, nearly 1,000 comments and 6,400 shares as of 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The DOH then asked the public to “join the #covidance challenge” and follow their official TikTok account.
“DOH is officially on Tiktok! Learn protective measures against COVID-19 in this TikTok video! Join the #covidance challenge!” the post read.
The Health department is not alone in tapping the video-sharing app widely popular among teens worldwide to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Department of Tourism has also started encouraging Filipino millennials addicted to TikTok to help address the economic impact of the novel coronavirus.