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🦠 Microbe emoji

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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.

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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. 🦠 πŸ’‰
@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
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Who uses 🦠 Microbe emoji?

Before the 2020 pandemic, the Microbe emoji 🦠 was used generally to refer to being sick or germs.

In 2020, use of the Microbe emoji 🦠 dramatically increased and shifted to refer specifically to the coronavirus and its many global consequences.

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