March 21st’s Google Doodle is dedicated to Hungarian physician Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, who is widely considered to have discovered the medical benefits of handwashing.
It just so happens that on this day, 173 years ago, Semmelweis started his way towards realizing the significance of properly washing your hands — which is quite timely, if you think about it.
It was March 21, 1847 when he was appointed Chief Resident of the Vienna General Hospital’s maternity clinic. It was here that he would, later on, deduce and demonstrate that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease.
The doodle itself is a video demonstrating the proper handwashing technique to protect yourself against infection. The World Health Organization recommends the following tips:
- Clean your hands regularly.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly.
- Use alcohol-based handrub if you don’t have immediate access to soap and water.
This is especially important now as we are in the midst of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
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