Today's Google Doodle Thanks Grocery Workers on the Frontline of Coronavirus Crisis

Google Doodle continued to pay homage to those putting their lives on the frontlines in the midst of the coronavirus and thanked grocery store workers in a drawing on Monday.

The image of the day displayed the letter "g" toting a basket full of food items and blowing a kiss to the letter "e," which was was decked out in a frying-pan top-hat. Placed beside the letter "e" were a fruit stand and cash register.

In a statement, Google Doodle said the image was in honor of the people manning grocery stores daily despite the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and all across the globe.

"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," the message read. "Today we'd like to say: To all grocery workers, thank you."

Google Doodle Thanks Grocery Workers on the Frontline of Coronavirus Crisis
Google Doodle thanks grocery workers in the latest of their Doodle series honoring workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic on April 13, 2020. GOOGLE

The image is just the latest of a series of Google Doodles thanking essential workers at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Doodles thanking public health workers, researchers, doctors, nurses and medical workers, as well as sanitation and custodial workers, were featured on the Google search engine last week.

The colorful doodle series is just one of the many ways Google is recognizing the impacts of the virus, which has infected more than 550,000 Americans as of Monday morning. Along with the drawings and messages of thanks to essential workers, the tech company pledged $800 million donation to support small businesses affected by coronavirus in March.

On Friday, Google announced a partnership with Apple to generate COVID-19 contact tracing technology as both companies aim to help researchers and health officials find solutions to the virus. The collaboration came just days before the Centers for Disease Control suggested the coronavirus could travel through the air at least 13 feet and could also be spread on people's shoes.

"Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, public health organizations have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. A number of leading public health authorities, universities, and NGOs around the world have been doing important work to develop opt-in contact tracing technology. To further this cause, Apple and Google will be launching a comprehensive solution that includes application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing," Google said in a statement.