Google Doodle Thanks Transportation Workers in Series Honoring Those on Frontline of Coronavirus Pandemic

The latest in the Google Doodle series honoring essential workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, today's Doodle thanks transportation workers. The Google Doodle features the letter G of the word Google sending a heart to the letter E, which is driving a bus today.

The Google 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 public transportation workers, thank you."

The Google Doodle series began on April 6, and so far, Google 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.

Each Doodle featured the G sending a heart to the E which has been dressed as various essential workers. The Google Doodle series is expected to continue through the end of this week.

Google Doodle Transportation Workers
Google Doodle thanks transportation workers in the latest Doodle in the series thanking workers on the frontline of the coronavirus. Google Doodle

But this Google Doodle series was not Google's first Doodle on the coronavirus outbreak. On April 4, the Google Doodle message was: "Stay Home. Save Lives."

Google shared a Doodle featuring the letters enjoying indoors activities at home, captioned: "Stay Home. Save Lives. As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, help stop the spread by following these steps," with a link to Google resources.

While some events Google celebrates are location-specific and the Doodles are only displayed on the homepages in certain areas of the world, the series thanking essential workers has been shared internationally.

The Google Doodle series can be seen across North and South America, some European countries, certain countries in northern Africa and the Middle East, countries in Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

On April 6, Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer, Google Health, said in a statement: "Today we salute public health workers who are playing an important role in responding to this pandemic.

"Over the next two weeks, our Doodles will honor 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."

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.
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  • 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.
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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.
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  • 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.