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Singer Beyonce, left, sits with her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, center, and her mother Tina Knowles during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles.
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Water & Sanitation

Watch Beyoncé’s Daughter Blue Ivy Show How Handwashing Stops COVID-19

Why Global Citizens Should Care 
Practicing safe hygiene is key to stopping the spread of disease. Global Goal 6 calls for access to clean water and sanitation for all. You can join us and take action to help beat COVID-19 coronavirus here

Plenty of songs have made the rounds to help ensure everyone is washing their hands properly, but one new video breaks down how it stops COVID-19 coronavirus in a simple way — and it features Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

The 8-year-old used a DIY science experiment to demonstrate how handwashing prevents the spread of diseases. Blue Ivy’s grandmother Tina Knowles posted the tutorial on her Instagram account on Saturday. 

"Hey y’all," Blue Ivy said. "Since we’re stuck at home, I have this little DIY experiment that you can do at home too. This is why it’s important to wash your hands."

She first dips her finger in soap and then into a bowl of ground black pepper meant to represent the coronavirus. The pepper immediately repels the soap and the "virus goes out," she explains.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds to protect against COVID-19, along with social distancing, avoiding touching the face, and practicing respiratory hygiene.

Blue Ivy is one of several celebrities who have posted handwashing PSAs amid the global COVID-19 outbreak. Her mom also made a surprise appearance during Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home broadcast on Saturday. The singer delivered an important message about the disease’s disproportionate impact on African American communities. 

"If you wash your hands, your hands will stay clean, but if you keep your hands dirty, you might get sick," Blue Ivy said to conclude the video. "Peace out, I hope you guys are staying safe, wash your hands extra, and please stay at home. Love y’all."

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