Google Doodle Thanks Coronavirus Helpers and Celebrates Doctors, Nurses, and Medical Workers

Google Doodle has shared the second doodle in their series thanking those on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak. Today's doodle celebrates medical workers and features the G of the word Google sending a heart blowing a kiss to the letter E, which is dressed in scrubs, a surgical mask, and a head mirror.

Today's Doodle is captioned: "As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people are coming together to help one another now more than ever. We're launching a Doodle series to recognize and honor many of those on the front lines.

"Today, we'd like to say: To all doctors, nurses, and medical workers, thank you."

Google launched its series yesterday, with a Doodle that thanked scientific researchers as well as health care professionals. Yesterday's Doodle also featured the G blowing a kiss, but the E was dressed in glasses, standing on a podium speaking into a microphone, with graphs behind.

Google captioned the Doodle: "To all the public health workers and to researchers in the scientific community, thank you."

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Google thanks medical workers in the second Doodle of its series which honors those on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak. Google

On April 4, Google also shared a Doodle with the letters inside homes, each doing an activity like reading, playing the guitar, exercising, and talking on the phone, to promote staying home. This Doodle was simply captioned: "Stay Home. Save Lives."

As well as the Doodle series, Google is helping in the coronavirus pandemic with various initiatives. For example, Google has donated $6.5 million to media outlets and fact-checkers working to fight misinformation surrounding the coronavirus.

Google has also created a website dedicated to COVID-19 that is updated with recent information and shares local government guidelines on social distancing.

The coronavirus continues to impact countries around the world, with more than 1.3 million confirmed cases. The U.S. now has the most cases of any country, with more than 368,000 confirmed cases nationwide, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

New York state has been the most badly affected, with more than 131,000 confirmed cases, which is almost as many as Italy (which has more than 132,000 cases).

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.