Google is using its Google Doodle illustrations to thank healthcare workers, shop assistants, delivery drivers and a number of other essential workers who continue to keep essential services running during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Google has confirmed plans to keep its Google Doodle thank you messages running for the next two weeks.
The scheme was kickstarted last week with an emphasis on healthcare workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week, Google will use its platform to recognise the contributions of those who are not directly dealing with patients suffering from the respiratory condition but keeping a number of essential services running as normal despite the public health crisis. Teachers and food service workers will be celebrated in the illustrations from the Californian search company.
For those not familiar, Google Doodles are when the company customises the “Google” logo that emblazons its homepage above the all-important search bar. The letters of the corporate logo are sometimes transformed into characters, or items are placed around the letters to highlight a particular scene or idea.
Before the ongoing public health crisis, Google would use its Google Doodles to celebrate figures from history or public holidays – like Christmas.
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The US technology firm has previously used animated illustrations and interactive games to mark certain days. Doodles can vary between countries too. So, don’t be alarmed if these coronavirus-specific Doodles aren’t appearing when you load up the Google homepage on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
In a statement about the scheme, a spokesperson for Google said: “Over the next two weeks, our Doodles will honour other essential frontline workers, including healthcare workers, first responders, and the many people keeping services like sanitation, food service, public transit, schools, and more up and running. Thank you to all the people who are working to save lives and keep communities safe during this pandemic.”
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