For decades, Gloria Estefan has told her fans “get on your feet,” but now the Cuban-American singer is changing her popular song’s message into a timely reminder to practice social distancing.
Changing the lyrics to her 1989 hit, Estefan urges fans to wear masks in public, stay home as much as possible, and to wash their hands.
The video that accompanies the new song starts out with a message from “Dr. Gloria Estefan” in which the singer, dressed in a white lab coat, sings about experts urging people to stay home to avoid getting sick with coronavirus.
“Each time someone comes within six feet we feel like crying,” she sings. Lamenting that prior to the pandemic people “could touch our friends,” she quickly shifts gears and points out that the answer is in your house by way of do-it-yourself face masks and frequent handwashing.
With a catchy chorus of “put on your mask when you go out in public, put on your mask, help save the world from COVID,” Estefan says that she wrote the song because she “wanted to contribute something that would put a bit of humor into a very serious situation because that’s what has helped me get through the toughest moments in my life.”
Estefan says that she created the song because she was asked by her “actual medical professional friend and infectious disease doctor extraordinaire” to convince people to wear masks in public in order to protect others.
The GRAMMY winner also noted that she wants to encourage people to wear masks without taking away personal protective equipment from medical professionals. There are reports from hospitals around the country of doctors, nurses, and other people on the medical frontlines having to take care of COVID-19 patients amid shortages of medical-grade protective equipment, raising their risk of infection.