Happy World Emoji Day! 🥳 As much of the world is still scrambling to get a hold on the current COVID-19 crisis, it may be easy to dismiss emoji as something frivolous and not worthy of attention when there are so many bigger issues to tackle at the moment. However, for those of us who are on lockdown orders to not leave our homes except for essential purposes, having emoji available to approximate physical contact has been a way for many of us to show empathy and maintain some semblance of lightheartedness during these trying times.
In the wake of the recent Coronavirus 👑 🦠 outbreak, some previously overlooked emoji have shown their worth. In particular the soap emoji 🧼 can serve as a reminder of the importance of frequent hand washing, and the masked emoji 😷 can help us encourage others to be considerate of others and to wear a mask when going out to public places.
We’ve also seen increased use of the raised fist emoji, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼 Though the emoji has long been used to show support for Black, Latinx, Indigenous and other communities, it has risen in prominence with the Black Lives Matter movement this year