Google alters its logo into creative doodles to remind us of public holidays and notable figures. On Friday, the search engine decided to educate us on the need of the hour- 'Handwashing'.
Google took this opportunity to pay a tribute to Hunagirain physician Dr Ignaz Semmelweis, who is attributed as the first person to discover the medical benefits of handwashing. This doodle comes at a time when the deadly COVID-19 outbreak is spreading across the globe like wildfire and medical experts are emphasising on the need for regular and proper handwashing.
In its blog post, Google wrote. "On this day in 1847, Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease."
In the doodle, Semmelweis, also known as 'the father of infection control', is seen holding a stopwatch that counts up to 20 seconds as a pair of hands demonstrate the correct way of washing them in 6 steps.
Have a look at the Google Doodle here:
In the mid 19th century, a mysterious infection named 'childbed fever' was causing high mortality rates in new mothers.
Semmelweis' investigation showed that the doctors were transmitting the infection from earlier surgeries to susceptible mothers through their hands. That's how a seemingly normal thing like washing hands gained significance.