Coronavirus Google searches show how the world is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic
Amid the global coronavirus outbreak, the pandemic and its effects have been the most searched-for items on the search engine globally in recent weeks, surpassing the numbers for daily weather and news searches, a Google spokesperson told the ABC.
Trending searches, however, are distinct from Google’s most-searched items. Trending searches are topics that have seen a surge in activity compared to a previous timeframe, while most-searched items are the typical things people search on any given day, such as the news or weather.
In Italy, this might be a film, in the US it might be a mask, or in Australia, it might be money — at least, if Google’s trending searches are anything to go by.
On the Y-axis, 100 represents an instance where a search term (corona) is the most popular it has ever been, with 0 representing the least popular it has ever been.
While the Google Trends website can give us a snapshot of surging topics, the Google spokesperson said it was not necessarily an accurate reflection of a country’s sentiment.
That’s partly because users may be accessing Google from foreign devices, especially in countries where it is banned, like mainland China, Cuba, and Iran.