Lemi Wash My Hands: App Calls for Handwashing Emoji
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 13, 2020 12:40am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Ever since COVID-19 became a serious threat to everyone’s health all around the world, health organizations urged citizens to observe proper hygiene. Hand washing is one of the ways to avoid contracting the virus. It’s just simple to do, yet some people forget that it is essential as using disinfectants and wearing masks.
So Lemi, an exploration driven social sharing platform with a mission to build a community of like-minded travellers, launched an online campaign regarding better hand hygiene during this pandemic. It began the campaign called Lemi Wash My Hands, which calls for a new hand-washing emoji.
The app has organic and original content from users in 90 countries and 483 cities. The people behind Lemi decided to use this influence to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Its Filipina designer designed the #lemiwashmyhands emoji, which has been adopted by Twitter. Through this emoji, we can create awareness and promote proper hygiene with no language barrier.
Hand-washingThe emoji appears every time users types in the #SafeHands hashtag promoted by the World Health Organization. The Philippines has a strong Twitter base--nearly 54% of internet users report using Twitter. It translates into 5.08 million Filipinos on the platform. That alone can make a big impact in citizens’ hygiene practices.
Lemi now is working towards getting the handwashing emoji adopted by Unicode to make it widely available across all social media platforms and other tech networks.
Even WHO’s Director General, Dr. Tedros, supports the Lemi Wash My Hands Campaign.
Emojis make our online conversations fun and engaging, but during this time of pandemic, it can create an impact to people, especially to those who use social media. Through initiatives like this, it can create awareness and even save people’s lives.