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😷 Face With Medical Mask emoji

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What does 😷 Face With Medical Mask emoji mean?

The Face With Medical Mask emoji 😷 depicts a yellow face wearing a white surgical mask.

It is commonly used in reference to various health and medical topics, from doctors to disease. It is also commonly used to represent feeling sick or disgusted. 

The Face With Medical Mask emoji 😷 surged during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, as wearing face masks were central to helping stop the spread of disease, which is communicated through the air.

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Where does 😷 Face With Medical Mask emoji come from?

The Face With Medical Mask emoji 😷 was approved under Unicode 6.0 in 2010. On most major platforms, the emoji resembles a yellow, smiley-style face wearing a white surgical mask as used by healthcare professionals. On most platforms, the face has closed eyes that convey various emotional tones (sad, happy, neutral). Microsoft’s design features a bead of sweat over the face’s left eye.

Prior to 2020, the Face With Medical Mask emoji 😷 was used more generally in the context of medicine and illness. The emoji skyrocketed in 2020, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wearing a face mask in public areas was mandated in many places as an effective way to protect from getting and spreading the virus—and these mandates were met with some pointed resistance and backlash.

The Face With Medical Mask emoji 😷 also became a common way to express support and gratitude for frontline health workers battling the virus (while wearing masks). 

Examples of 😷 Face With Medical Mask emoji

so much to do, but too sick to do it all 😷
@cybernova, June 20, 2020
I was exposed to a student who has tested positive for COVID and am on a 14-day quarantine. Feeling fine, but send good vibes and wear your masks! 😷
@NikSeger, October 16, 2020
Apple updates face mask emoji for pandemic times — with smiling eyes
 Christopher Cicchiello, Today, October 11, 2020
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Who uses 😷 Face With Medical Mask emoji?

The Face With Medical Mask emoji 😷 can be used when discussing personal illness and medical topics more generally.

It is also sometimes used when a person is feeling metaphorically sick—that is, grossed out or disgusted.

In 2020, the Face With Medical Mask emoji 😷 was widely used in reference to life under the COVID-19 pandemic.

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