By The Nation
Frequent hand-washing is the best way to prevent Covid-19 infection and other diseases, say global health officials.
The preventive measure was first proposed by Dr Ignaz Semmelweis, a German-Hungarian physician and scientist in 1847. His theory wasn’t commonly accepted until decades later when the rate of infection at Vienna General Hospital went down sharply after the practice was widely adopted.
To mark his contributions in mitigating the risk of virus infection, he is being honoured with a video by Google Doodle where a doctor demonstrates how to wash your hands in a 40-second timer.
The video is accessible via Google search engine.
The coronavirus outbreak has led to an overwhelming demand for sanitising hand gels, but medical experts say washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time is the best way to fight the virus.