Wash your hands, live longer

(Mar 17, 2020)

As the coronavirus circles the globe, the only thing spreading faster is disinformation on so-called "social media".  In addition to ridiculous conspiracy theories, quack preventions range from the ineffective to the downright dangerous.  It is worth noting that some of the most effective advice, washing your hands, is available on low-tech posters hanging on the wall.

Knowledge of the link between hand hygiene and mortality pre-dates modern understanding of bacteria and viruses.  Using data and a scientific approach of careful comparison and elimination, Ignaz Semmelweis showed in 1847 that making medical staff wash their hands markedly reduced mortality in a Viennese maternity hospital.  Semmelweis…

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