The Google Doodle has been used to honour many things. With the pandemic going around, it’s probably no surprise that the internet search giant has chosen to Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. He was known as the father of infection control, in case you were wondering. His contribution? The discovery of the importance of washing your hands.
His story was a tragic one, which is all the more reason for Google to honour him with a Doodle. Long story short, he discovered that cleanliness greatly reduced postpartum infections for new mothers, and deaths resulting from it. Unfortunately though, the scientific community of his age would only begin to take his discovery seriously years after his death.
The Google Doodle itself also links to an educational YouTube video about the proper steps to take when washing your hands. But rather than the usual 20-second routine, this one goes on for about 40 seconds. As for the specific steps, you should already be familiar with them by now.
All in all, the Google Doodle serves two purposes. The first is the Doodle’s usual recognition important people or things in the world. Second is, obviously, to remind everyone the importance of washing your hands, especially with a new virus on the loose.
(Source: Google / Twitter)