- Twitter has created a 'handwashing emoji' amid the COVID-19 pandemic and netizens are now using it
- The coronavirus-inspired emoji shows two hands lathering soap under drops of water
- It can be generated by using the hashtags #WashYourHands #HandWashing, #HandWashChallenge and #SafeHands
- It then gained praise from the World Health Organization which earlier advised everyone to maintain good hygiene
- The emoji came after UNICEF ran a campaign for a handwashing emoji
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To help raise awareness about the importance of maintaining good hygiene, Twitter United Kingdom has created a handwashing emoji amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new emoji shows two hands lathering soap under drops of water.
All Twitter users can generate the emoji in tweets by using the following hashtags: #WashYourHands #HandWashing, #HandWashChallenge and #SafeHands.
The new coronavirus-inspired emoji gained praise from World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He then dared netizens to do the “safe hand challenge”.
“We @WHO love it and hope the challenge will generate videos as creative as the new #HandWahing emoji!” the WHO director tweeted.
Its development came after UNICEF East Asia & Pacific ran a campaign for a handwashing emoji to “help spread the importance of handwashing for years to come.”
“What about a handwashing emoji??!” UNICEF earlier said. “Handwashing is a potential lifesaver – we need an emoji!”
“Emoji has become a key part of our language. It is how friends communicate via chat and how businesses communicate with their customers. And the standardization of emoji across chat programs and operating systems has created a shared visual communication which works across languages and cultures,” UNICEF stated.
UK's Department of Health and Social Care then informed the public about the new emoji in a tweet on March 15.
“@TwitterUK have created a new emoji to encourage hand washing,” the tweet said.
The said health department also encourages netizens to share the following message, “Wash your hands more often, for at least 20 seconds each time with soap.”
In a previous report by KAMI, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine” which implements strict home quarantine and suspension of transportation.
As of posting time, the Department of Health recorded a total of 187 coronavirus cases in the Philippines.
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