The story of Ignaz Semmelweis, who taught us how to wash our hands

Today Google remembers him with a doodle, which includes instructions for doing it very well


Ignaz Semmelweis was a scientist who lived in the nineteenth century, celebrated today by a Google doodle: the celebration is not for the anniversary of his birth or death, but is linked to a discovery that Semmelweis made and which is proving fundamental in these days of coronavirus pandemic (SARS-CoV-2).

Semmelweis is in fact considered the first scientist to understand the importance of adequate hygiene to prevent infections, including the good practice of washing hands thoroughly. For this Google celebrates it with a short video in which the correct technique for washing hands is shown. (in italian only)

The beautiful story of Semmelweis (story that ends tragically) is told in an  article by  (in italian only)

How to wash your hands to reduce the risk of infection (in italian only)

The Google doodle dedicated to Dr. Semmelweis

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