Emoji dictionary 🦠 Microbe emoji [ mahy-krohb ih-moh-jee ] Published October 28, 2020 What does 🦠 Microbe emoji mean? The Microbe emoji 🦠 depicts a microorganism, generally in the form of green virus or bacterium. The emoji is commonly used to refer to germs, disease, and being sick. In 2020, the Microbe emoji 🦠 became widely used to refer to the COVID-19 pandemic. Related words 👨⚕️ Man Health Worker emoji, 👩⚕️ Woman Health Worker emoji, 😷 Face With Medical Mask emoji, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 Where does 🦠 Microbe emoji come from? The Microbe emoji 🦠 was approved under Unicode 11.0 in 2018. On most major platforms, the emoji resembles a wriggly, single-celled virus or bacterium (like a bacillus) covered in flagella. Microsoft’s version of the emoji is blue and WhatsApp’s is purple; Apple uses a green spherical microbe (as a coccus) for the emoji. The Microbe emoji 🦠 was proposed alongside a number of other science-themed emoji (including Petri Dish 🧫 and DNA 🧬, which were also approved) as part of a joint campaign organized by the American Chemical Society and General Electric. For the campaign, named Emoji Science, the effort gathered evidence-based suggestions from scientists from the International Council for Science. In 2020, the Microbe emoji 🦠 surged due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was used to represent the coronavirus, COVID-19 disease, and the historic impact of the deadly pandemic on public health, school, work, and life in general. Examples of 🦠 Microbe emoji My room is my sanctuary. I don’t even like bringing my luggage in there when I’m home from a trip. So many germs 🦠 @dezidoesit, June 28, 2019 Minnesota has been asked by the Center for Disease Control to be one of four states for pilot #Covid_19 vaccine distribution planning. 🦠 💉 @amyklobuchar, August 4, 2020 As conversations on Twitter shifted towards the novel coronavirus and our means of dealing with its spread, the microbe emoji saw a 1662% increase in use, according to the platform. Palmer Haasch, Insider, September 15, 2020 SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses 🦠 Microbe emoji? Before the 2020 pandemic, the Microbe emoji 🦠 was used generally to refer to being sick or germs. I’m sad to announce that I have a cold. It’s been a long time coming (itchy nose for a week+) and I put this moment off, but this afternoon there is no more denying it. I must fight off this 🦠 — mer 𓆧 (@beachperfume) November 14, 2018 I can’t wait to get home and wash my hands, this germ phobia is real 🦠 — Alice 🧛🏻♀️ (@AliceGagaxo) November 30, 2018 In 2020, use of the Microbe emoji 🦠 dramatically increased and shifted to refer specifically to the coronavirus and its many global consequences. remember to get your flu shot this year! 💉 it's always important to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, but especially so this year 🦠 — 🎃👻 Spooky Ladder 👻🎃 (@sophieladder) September 29, 2020 i have a covid blood test tomorrow, wish me luck! 🦠 — molly ♡ (@mollycrossin) September 30, 2020 Passing through Miami Airport and it feels like one big Corona germ! 🦠 — Christina Cindrich (@MissCindrich) October 15, 2020 Just Added rizz, soft life, clean girl aesthetic, Lunar New Year, nepo baby Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of 🦠 Microbe emoji like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of 🦠 Microbe emoji that will help our users expand their word mastery.