Multiple initiatives around the world have proven that badges are more useful than ever! Here are a few of the productions that have marked us in recent weeks.
Badges to protect Singapore’s healthcare workers
A range of badges has been produced to support healthcare workers on the front line in Singapore during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
Designed and produced free of charge by 72andSunny, the messages ranged from “Majulah Medics” (“Onward Medics”) to “Nurses are the Nicest” and “Tok Kong Doctors” (“Impressive Doctors”): they were produced as pin badges.
The agency behind the initiative hoped to invite Singaporeans to support health professionals who not only face the stress of fighting the virus, but who in some cases have been ostracized and shunned.
For example, some nurses have told on social how they were bullied because they were in uniform when they took public transport to work. It is also said that they could not hail a taxi to get to the hospital.
In the United Kingdom, badges have been created to warn of the importance of a 2 metres social distance.
Surprisingly, this goes back to the 1930s. At the time, scientists determined that liquid droplets released by coughing or sneezing quickly evaporate into the air or are carried by gravity to the ground.
And the majority of these droplets, according to them, would land within a radius of one to two metres. There is a wide variety of recommendations in different countries, in short, the closer you are to an infected person, the greater the risk.
The World Health Organisation says that one metre is safe, while others suggest 1.5 or 1.8 metres, with the UK opting for two metres.
Creation of badges to show gratitude to the nursing staff and to provide financial support
The “We Care” badge is a symbol of appreciation for the hundreds and thousands of people working in the care sector who continue to support the most vulnerable among us during the COVID pandemic.
The Care Workers Charity wanted to do something positive with this campaign, something simple, bold and colourful that encourages as many people as possible to get involved. The badge and the “We Care” campaign were a symbol of hope, and it was on sale to the general public for £2.50, with all profits going to the Social Economy Workers’ Charity (CWC).
In Egypt, badges are used to identify hotels that cooperate in the fight against covid
Hotels wishing to operate in Egypt in the context of the coronavirus pandemic will from now on be required to have a Health and Safety badge officially approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, which is distributed to all hotels by the Egyptian Hotel Association (EHA).
This badge is represented by the solar disc surrounded by the hieroglyphs “Ankh, Wedja and Seneb” which symbolise life, prosperity and health respectively.