Neil Diamond has put a unique spin on his classic hit Sweet Caroline, delivering a new remix about the coronavirus pandemic.

Driving home the message of social distancing to avoid spreading the Covid-19 virus, Neil has changed the iconic lyrics to new lines about washing your hands and, well, not touching other people. 

When Neil penned the song in 1969, he probably never thought he would later record a remix about soap and water. 

Sitting with his guitar by the fireplace – and his beloved Golden Retriever – Neil told his social media followers in a video: ‘I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love ya, and I think maybe if we sing together, we’ll feel just a little bit better.’ 

The music icon then launched into an acoustic version of Sweet Caroline, which was originally written about his wife Marsha. 

Instead, Neil now sings: ‘Hands, washing hands / Reaching out, don’t touch me / I won’t touch you.’ 

Well if that won’t drive home the message what will? 

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Fans were pleased to see Neil doing music again following his retirement from touring in 2018.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease shortly after but gave a surprise performance for Colorado firefighters during the wildfire six months later. 

What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation means staying indoors and avoiding all contact with other people for 14 days, according to the NHS.

It means no going to work, school, the shops or even to the park for some fresh air, in order to minimise the risk of passing on Covid-19.

Public transport and taxis are a no-no and you shouldn’t have visitors over, even if you just stay at home.

Anyone in self-isolation is advised to ask friends, family and delivery drivers to pick things up for you and drop them-off. You should put a sign outside telling people you are self-isolating and everything should be left on the floor outside your front door to avoid the risk of further infections.

You should leave a sign outside your property if you have to self-isolate (Picture: PA)

Those who are self-isolating are still advised to stay away from their pets as much as possible and to wash their hands before and after touching them.

If you live in a house share and have to self-isolate, the advice is to stay in your room with the door closed and only emerge to use communal kitchens, bathrooms and living areas if absolutely necessary.

Who should self-isolate?

The government advises anyone returning from Category 1 areas (Hubei, Iran, Italy and Daegu or Cheongdo in South Korea), to go straight home and self-isolate, even if they don’t display any symptoms.

Travellers should use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Anyone returning from Category 2 areas should self-isolate and call 111 if they have Covid-19 symptoms. You can find the list of those places here.

Neil, 79, is just the latest in a growing list of musicians remixes their famous hits to push the message of social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has spread worldwide. 

Liam Gallagher put a new spin on Oasis’ hit single Wonderwall, now called Wonderwash. 

Lyrics include: ‘Today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you/ By now you should have some how realised what you’ve got to do. 

‘Wash your hands, scrub your toes, scratch your a*s and pick your nose, c’mon on, you know.’ 

Of course not all of that is advised.

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