Google decided to emphasise the importance of handwashing on their main page with the legendary Hungarian doctor, Ignác Semmelweis, who was the first one discovering the importance and necessity of washing hands.
Index reported that on March 20, 1847, Ignác Semmelweis was named as the head professor of the Vienna General Hospital’s First Obstetrical Clinic. Semmelweis proposed that regular handwashing plays an important part in decreasing diseases inside and outside the hospital.
Before Semmelweis, many mothers who gave birth at hospitals died after childbirth because doctors examined them without disinfecting their hands. Without this procedure, along with the extremely high mortality rate, doctors gave the diseases to other examined people.
Semmelweis discovered that behind the high mortality rate an infection lies, which the doctors spread with their hands after finishing surgeries and not washing their hands to disinfect. The doctors welcomed Semmelweis’s idea of washing their hands more often with scepticism, but after the mortality rate decreased below 1%, everyone was grateful for the Hungarian doctor.
The World Health Organisation cannot emphasise enough what Semmelweis did because of the coronavirus that affects the entire globe. Semmelweis has been recognised as the saviour of mothers and the first one who introduced proper disinfecting into the health industry.
Handwashing is still the most effective method of protecting ourselves from infections.