Google Doodle Thanks Packaging, Shipping, and Delivery Workers in Series Honoring Those on Frontline of Coronavirus

Today's Google Doodle thanks packaging, shipping, and delivery workers in the latest of the series honoring those on the frontline of the coronavirus. In the Google Doodle, the letter G is sending a heart to the letter E, which is driving a delivery truck.

Google captioned the Doodle: "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 packaging, shipping, and delivery workers, thank you."

Packaging, shipping, and delivery workers are key workers, and post offices will remain open as an essential business.

Google posted its first coronavirus-related Doodle on April 4, when it posted the message: "Stay Home. Save Lives." Google then started its essential worker series on April 6.

So far, the Google Doodle series has thanked grocery store workers, farmworkers and farmers, custodial and sanitation workers, emergency service workers, doctors, nurses, medical workers, public health workers, and scientific researchers, and now packaging, shipping, and delivery workers.

Each Doodle in the series featured the G sending a heart to the E which has been dressed as a different essential worker every day. The Google Doodle series is expected to be updated through the end of this week.

Google Doodle Packaging, Shipping, Delivery Workers
Google Doodle thanks packaging, shipping, and delivery workers in the latest Doodle of the series. Google

Yesterday, Newsweek reported that a petition to provide United States Postal Services (USPS) workers with hazard pay, as they are working without personal protective equipment (PPE), had more than 600,000 signatures.

The petition claimed that USPS workers had not been given hand sanitizer or masks and were given a "vague" statement about following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

A spokesperson for USPS told Newsweek yesterday that that USPS was "ensuring millions of masks, gloves and cleaning and sanitizing product are available and distributed to more than 30,000 locations every day through our Postal Service supply chain."

Newsweek reported last week that Amazon workers have alleged that the company has not paid them the sick pay they were promised. In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson said workers who had been "diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine" would receive up to two weeks' pay.

The spokesperson added that workers sent home with a fever would be given "up to five hours" of their pay for the day.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC.
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

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.