LSU Health New Orleans Med Students Use Musical Talents to Help Prevent COVID-19

In what may be the first adaptation of Mark Ronson’s and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” to COVID-19, LSU Health New Orleans medical students have made a video to encourage people to #MaskUp. Mask wearing has been shown to be a powerful tool to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Four second-year students at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine created “Lockdown Funk,” which made its debut this week,

Accepting the suggestion to make a video, Rebecca Nuss, Nancy Ren, George Brand, and Trey Moffatt set to work over the summer. As members of the Student Interest Group for Music & the Arts (SIGMA), they used their musical and performance talents to educate people about this life-saving information in a fun and relatable way.

“It took a huge collective effort to make it happen,” said Ren. “We loved having the opportunity to use our creative talents in medical school.”

Brand was responsible for the music mixing and production. Nuss wrote the lyrics and helped edit the video. Moffatt wrote the script. Ren also edited the video. All four contributed to the vocals.

“We’ve been told it’s just the perfect balance of goofy, fun, and informative,” said Ren. “We hope this will really stick in the public’s minds when they think about wearing a mask. We certainly can’t sing ‘Uptown Funk’ normally anymore!”

SIGMA is a group of LSU Health New Orleans medical students with a passion for things other than the hard sciences. Members are dancers, musicians, DJs, painters, poets, and everything in between. Events are usually a good balance between an escape from school and a fundraiser for various charities. Beneficiaries have included LSU Health New Orleans’ Camp Tiger, Make Music NOLA, Operation SMILE, and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.