Public health duo campaign for mosquito emoji
Two public healthcare workers in Maryland are itching to add a mosquito emoji to the online animal kingdom. The Baltimore Sun reported Marla Shaivitz and Jeff Chertak want to generate buzz for the emoji with a petition to the Unicode Consortium, the not-for-profit in charge of such characters. After all, ants, bees, beetles, butterflies, crickets, snails and spiders already have their own emojis. Even scorpions.
Shaivitz and Chertak say people who hate and love mosquitoes should be able to express their feelings about them in a single character via text or on social media. (Though Outliers isn’t really sure who loves skeeters, aside from bats and a handful of other critters.)
The healthcare workers say the emoji could be used in communications campaigns and warnings by scientists and public health workers as they battle Zika, malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya.
The emoji also could allow sickened individuals to identify themselves or warn others of an infested area.
A few emojis are added annually to the stock.
The consortium will pick new ones in October, adding to the current list of 2,666. More than 50 were added earlier this year, including images for vampires, mermaids and a human brain.