Minnesota grandparents go viral for 'distancing duo' songs on TikTok

Their most recent duet about getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has gotten more than 67,000 likes.
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A pair of grandparents from Minnesota has gone viral for their TikTok videos they've been making since the start of the pandemic. 

Harmony and Joel Kaplan, who live in the Twin Cities metro, started singing duets about life during COVID-19 lockdown at the start of the pandemic, sharing their first video on TikTok (username "fabgrandma4.") on April 7, 2020, with the caption "The distancing duo." Harmony Kaplan also shares the videos on Instagram.

In the 11 months since they started posting on TikTok, they've amassed 28,700 followers and more than 315,000 likes on their nearly 50 videos, which all end with a reminder to "wash your hands."

Their most recent video, posted earlier this week, features the Kaplans joyfully singing about how they got their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Kaplans' song encourages people to get the vaccine when it's their "shot" and they're hopeful that in the future they can be together one-on-one with "no screen between us." 

The uplifting tune has gotten more than 67,000 likes, 1,757 comments and nearly 5,000 shares as of Wednesday afternoon, and it's garnered the attention of veteran TV journalist Katie Couric, who tweeted on Tuesday the Kaplans "made her morning."

The Kaplans brush with fame will continue as it appears they're set to be on ABC World News Tonight on Wednesday, according to a tweet from Harmony Kaplan. 

And they've upstaged their daughter Alison Kaplan, the editor in chief of Twin Cities Business. She tweeted Wednesday that her "superstar" parents were the lead-in to her business news segment on FOX 9 that morning.

The Kaplans, who have been married for 50 years, learned how to use TikTok from their grandchildren, FOX 9 says, and they plan to keep singing together after the pandemic ends so long as they continue to have ideas and people keep watching. 

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