Honoring the patron saint of hand washing

Holy water and chlorinated lime

Let’s at least beatify on the yellow-brick road to sainthood one Ignaz Semmelweis. He proved empirically in the Vienna of the 1840s that physicians should wash their hands. Folks! This was a breakthrough! Somehow, everyone alive today is here despite the stupidity that committed Semmelweis to an insane asylum, where he died of an infected wound. And THERE is your dagger dose of irony on this shut-in weekend!

Ignaz handwashj

The Wall Street Journal’s “Unsung pioneer of hand washing” reports that:

In 1825, visitors to St. George’s Hospital win London discovered mushrooms and maggots thriving the damp, dirty sheets of a patient recovering from a compound fracture.

Physicians went from digging into the entrails of cadavers to delivering babies without scrubbing. It wasn’t until Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister and Robert Koch in the 1880s that the germ theory was vindicated.

Hand-washing 101

We learn that the coronavirus is enveloped in fatty layers that are easily dissolved by detergents, exposing the core of the virus and causing it to perish. And virus(es) are random bits of DNA that attach themselves to what they can.


We are amazed (but not amused) by how often we touch our face. Still think hand washing is not complete without a couple strokes of a scrub brush into (not over) the fingernails. And wash the backs of your hands!


Plagues come in many forms

The Wall Street Journal’s weekly “masterpiece” arts review examines Albert Camus’  novel, The Plague. Helps to know this was written in 1947, after the Fascist takeover of France.

They are not prepared for its arrival, unwilling to recognize its existence and unrealistic about its effects. [The community] suffers dire consequences: cuts in electricity, rationing of food and gas, severe shortages and restricted traffic; the sudden appear of a black market, smuggling, looting, curfews, press censorship, policy surveillance, and martial law.

Trump-bashing not working? An ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday reports that 55% of respondents approve of Trump’s management of the public health crisis, while 43%  disapprove. That’s almost a complete flip flop from the previous week.

Blaska’s Bottom LineWhat did Trump know (and when did he know it) when he refused to accept Pelosi’s out-stretched hand during the State of the Union?

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1 Response to Honoring the patron saint of hand washing

  1. Larsen E. Whipsnade says:

    I suggest that rereading EA Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” is timely.

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