How Brandon Flowers from The Killers is battling the coronavirus through song

By Heather Cichowski

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests washing your hands long enough for the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. In the battle against coronavirus, Brandon Flowers from The Killers has tweaked the concept to include his band's iconic song, "Mr. Brightside."

On March 15, The Killers Twitter uploaded a video of their frontman singing the 2003 song while washing his hands.

"Jealousy, turning saints into the sea/Swimming through sick lullabies," Brandon sings a capella over the running faucet. "Choking on your alibis/But it's just the price I pay/Destiny is calling me/Open up my eager eyes/'Cause I'm Mr. Brightside."

The 33-second video has already received over 1.5 million views in just a few days since it was posed.

The clip showcases Brandon's incredible voice and demonstrates what a catchy song "Mr. Brightside" still is, more than 15 years since its release. It also highlights the importance of good hygiene as a defence against COVID-19 and presents useful public health information in a lighthearted manner.

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The post came after The Killers responded to a video of what appeared to be an Italian neighbourhood singing "Mr. Brightside" while under quarantine. The band spoke out on Twitter saying "this isn't real" then followed it up with Brandon's hand-washing video. They captioned the latter post, "But this is."

Fans are thanking Brandon for sharing the video and for brightening their days. Some are also praising his thorough hand-washing technique!

Many celebrities are taking to social media to highlight how they have been impacted by the coronavirus and/or to offer a cheerful comment to boost morale.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who were diagnosed with the coronavirus last week while in Australia, took to social media on March 13 to share a personal update. The Oscar-winning actor and his wife posted a selfie.

"@ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us," Tom wrote. "We have COVID-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no?"

He later shared an update thanking helpers and encouraged people to "take care of ourselves and others." He included a photo of a bottle of Vegemite with a toy koala attached, toast with the classic spread and a plush kangaroo toy. The items appear to be gifts from well-wishers.

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