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‘Bad dance moves’ led to COVID-19 parody video from medical professionals in Travis County

ByReiss Bowler

Sep 16, 2020

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A local team of doctors are setting a new pace in public health with their take on the hit dance hit “Cupid Shuffle”.

Dr. John Abikhaled, president of the Travis County Medical Society, produced the “COVID Shuffle” as a joyful reminder for people to wash their hands, socialize and wear a mask, calling it a ‘parody with a message’.

The video follows a team of doctors and patients through their hospital as they demonstrate social distance practices and personal protective equipment as they show off their COVID choreography.

“A surgeon’s bad dance moves in the hospital took on a life of their own, and the result was … this!” The Travis County Medical Society said in its release. The group says it is a “light-hearted message to do what we must do to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The group hopes the video will take on a life of its own and challenge people to pick up the trend on the popular video platform TikTok and join the “#CovidShuffleChallenge”.

The video comes after months of public health mandates from the city and the state. Travis County now has 720 active COVID-19 cases, and the City of Austin has mandated face masks and restricted gatherings of more than 10 people.

With nearly 6,000 views since yesterday, the video may be the latest success in the Travis County Medical Society’s effort to spread public health messages to a wider audience.

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