We can’t wait to give the novel coronavirus the boot, but until then, we all have to do our part and stay home and keep a nice healthy social distance of at least six feet away from people. If emojis could talk, they’d probably say the same thing since the coronavirus is now impacting the release of new expressions, animals, and other knickknacks from joining the official emoji family in 2021. Sad, we know! But, how in the world did the coronavirus impact emojis, you might be wondering? The Unicode Consortium, the group that oversees the standards and releases new emojis, has delayed the release of their new Unicode Standard. This Unicode Standard is the foundation for developing emojis. Since this new standard won’t be available until September, and emojis are usually approved by January, the shortened timeframe won’t be enough time for developers to design and submit new emojis. It’s a bummer, but the good news is that the new emojis set to be released in September 2020 will still be released. We can’t wait to see (and use!) all of the new 2020 emojis, like the boba emoji (yum … slurp!), ninjas, and the gender-neutral Santa Claus!
If you could design an emoji, what would it look like? Share your design with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!