The Surprising History of Handwashing.
The fascinating history of hygiene. Crazy to think that it took so long to understand the medical importance of cleanliness! How much we STILL don't wash our hands is rather scary. Maybe this crisis will change our habits for the better! Click on the Guardian link to read more.
"Until the mid-1800s, doctors didn’t bother washing their hands – they would go from dissecting a cadaver to delivering a child. Then a Hungarian medic made an essential, much-resisted breakthrough.
Religious handwashing rituals have been around for thousands of years in Islamic, Jewish and other cultures, but the notion of disease spreading by hand has been part of the medical belief system for only about 130 years. However, the first recorded discovery of handwashing’s life-saving power came 50 years earlier, in 1848, as a huge, unwelcome shock."