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Google reminds doctor who discovered the benefits of washing hands with a doodle

Google reminds doctor who discovered the benefits of washing hands with a doodle

Mar 202020

The tool redirects users to a video showing the six appropriate steps for effective hand washing.

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Google has released this Friday a new 'doodle' dedicated to the doctor Ignaz Semmelweis, the first to discover the benefits of washing hands, regarding preventive measures against the new coronavirus, which has already claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people Worldwide.

Semmelweis was born in Hungary on July 1, 1818. His career was recognized for discovering that hand disinfection in obstetric clinics reduced the incidence of puerperal sepsis, also known as 'labor fever', which was causing high rates of mortality in mothers in Europe.

 

After their exhaustive investigation, the doctor concluded that the doctors were transmitting infectious material to the mothers through their hands.

However, his hypotheses were not accepted until after his death, when Louis Pasteur confirmed the theory of germs as causing infections.

In this sense, Semmelweis, who died at the age of 47, is also considered to be the creator of antiseptic procedures. As part of its recognition, the 'doodle' redirects users to a video that shows the six appropriate steps to make hand washing effective. 

Google reminds doctor who discovered the benefits of washing hands with a doodle

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