Google Doodle Thanks Custodial and Sanitation Workers in Series Honoring Staff on Coronavirus Frontline

In the latest of their series thanking workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, today, Google Doodle is thanking custodial and sanitation workers.

The Google Doodle sees the G of the world Google sending a heart or blowing a kiss to the letter E, which is today dressed as a custodian, mopping a puddle with a cleaning trolley next to them.

"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 custodial and sanitation workers, thank you."

So far this week, Google has thanked health care workers, medical researchers, and emergency service workers. The Google Doodle series will take place over two weeks, and will also thank food service workers, public transit workers, school workers, and more.

Google Doodle Custodial Sanitation Workers
Google Doodle thanks custodial and sanitation workers in the latest of their Doodle series honoring workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. Google

Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer, Google Health, said in a statement on Monday: "This week, we're beginning a series of Doodles to recognize the many people responding to COVID-19—from doctors and nurses caring for people on the front lines to teachers and food service workers ensuring essential goods and services are still available."

DeSalvo added: "Thank you to all the people who are working to save lives and keep communities safe during this pandemic."

Google is also helping workers on the frontline of the coronavirus, from providing scientists with research articles to informing public health officials on movement trends.

Google says that a coalition of leading research groups have used Google Clouds Kaggle data science community to gather more than 44,000 COVID-19-related scholarly articles to share with data scientists.

Additionally, Google has made public datasets like Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the Global Health Data from the World Bank, and OpenStreetMap data free to access through the COVID-19 Public Dataset Program.

Google also published COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports which aggregates data on movement trends at retail, grocery, pharmacy, and recreational areas, to inform public health workers and help them refine social distancing measures.

Senate Democrats have proposed a boost to the pay of essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic by potentially thousands of dollars. Essential workers, including custodial and sanitation workers, and those who work in health care, drug stores, grocery stores, for example, could be afforded as much as $25,000.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters on Tuesday: "Not all heroes wear capes. For these Americans, working from home is not an option. Social distancing is not an option."

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.