'Big 4' universities join COVID-19 handwashing guide trend
Clockwise from upper left: De La Salle University, University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and Ateneo de Manila University.
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'Big 4' universities join COVID-19 handwashing guide trend
Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) - March 11, 2020 - 4:53pm

MANILA, Philippines — After classes in Metro Manila were canceled for the rest of the week and the UAAP suspended all scheduled sports events until March 17, the country's big four universities continue to show school spirit with their respective versions of handwashing guides to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Government officials and health authorities worldwide are taking various measures to prevent and contain the virus which causes COVID-19, now recorded in 109 countries worldwide, according to the latest situational report of the World Health Organization.

Beyond travel restrictions and other health policies being enacted by leaders around the globe, citizens have also taken initiative with creative ways to inform their communities during the public health emergency.

These include the recent handwashing meme circulating on the internet.

Humor aside, both WHO and the United States-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended frequent and thorough handwashing using soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub to keep healthy.

Effective handwashing, according to the CDC, means scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds with a timer like the "Happy Birthday" song repeated once.

Online users have also suggested using more popular handwashing tune alternatives like 20-second snippets of hit songs.

These range from the chorus of Beyonce’s “Love on Top” to the intro of My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade.”

Students and alumni of the big four universities — Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, and the University of the Philippines — have since posted their unofficial, localized versions of the handwashing meme using on their different campus cheers and anthems.

Here are some of the university memes found on social media.

ADMU — ‘A Song for Mary’



DLSU — ‘Alma Mater Hymn’



UST — ‘UST Hymn’



UP — ‘UP Naming Mahal’ and ‘Unibersidad’

2019-NCOV ADMU ATENEO ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 COVID-19 DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY DLSU LA SALLE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS UAAP UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES UP UST
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