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Saratoga Springs musician creates #AirFive challenge to promote hand washing amid coronavirus

Saratoga Springs musician creates #AirFive challenge to promote hand washing amid coronavirus

Saratoga Springs musician creates #AirFive challenge to promote hand washing amid coronavirus
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People use songs to help kids through everything from cleaning their room to sharing with others. 

Saratoga Springs musician and real estate salesperson Dona Frank-Federico has recently come up with one to help not only kids but adults remember to wash their hands properly. It's something that's become more important than ever with the spread of COVID-19. 

“I just wanted to write something that’s catchy and fun that kids can remember,” Frank-Federico said. 

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She wrote “Air Five Wash Your Hands Song & Challenge” last week and recruited Terry Hall of The Arlo Guthrie Band to help record it. While they couldn’t meet in person due to COVID-19 social distancing, they sent clips of the song back and forth, adding layers of vocals, keyboard, and such each time.

It’s a little more than 20 seconds, which is about how long the Centers for Disease Control recommends people scrub their hands for using soap and water.

Frank-Federico also created a video to go along with the song and asked a few Capital Region residents, including her grandchildren, to submit videos of themselves washing their hands properly. One such resident that’s featured is Benita Zahn, the health reporter and news anchor at WNYT-13.

“We are all in this together and if something as simple as washing our hands can help save lives, well then let’s do it,” Zahn said. 

As part of the song and to promote social distancing, Frank-Federico is asking people to post photos of themselves giving air fives to one another using #AirFive Challenge. 

“It just made me feel good to do something that could help this awful pandemic become a little more cheerful to a lot of people,” Frank-Federico said. 

The full video:

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