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Trending COVID-19 search terms from around the world

  • Trending COVID-19 search terms from around the world

    With 4.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide as of May 18, the pandemic has plunged people everywhere into a deep state of uncertainty. Common behaviors pre-pandemic—like shaking hands with a colleague or hugging a friend—don’t comply with social distancing guidelines. Daily routines like popping into the grocery store for a pint of milk or riding public transportation to the office now seem almost unthinkable. Medical experts and epidemiologists aren’t sure how long the pandemic will last or how many lives will be lost. Though the U.S. federal government hopes a vaccine will be available by early 2021, it’s far from certain. Not to mention, conflicting social distancing recommendations from local, state, and federal governments have left many citizens feeling confused — and public health experts feeling worried.

    Naturally, many people are turning to a tried-and-true source to find the answers to their coronavirus questions: Google. To gain insights into the most pressing, pandemic-related topics for Google users around the world, Stacker used Google Trends’ data on coronavirus daily search insights to compile a list of 50 unique search terms during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 50 terms listed reflect search trends from March 24 to May 4, 2020, from the United States and other parts of the world.

    It’s not all practical information, like the location of testing sites or government recommendations for social distancing, either. Trending search terms include questions about the immune system, at-home activities for the whole family, and in-demand services like wine delivery. Read on to find out what Googlers around the world are looking for during these particularly uncertain times—and see if any of your top queries made the list.

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  • "Bread"

    - Date trend was reported: March 24, 2020
    - Location: U.S.
    - Google Trends page

    The idea of “anxiety baking” has been around for several years already, but it took on a new meaning with thousands of people staying home under new social distancing guidelines in March. With more people baking their own bread to pass the time—and stretch the amount of days they can go between grocery store trips—the United States has even experienced shortages of yeast and flour.

  • "How to self-isolate in a shared house"

    - Date trend was reported: March 25, 2020
    - Location: U.S.
    - Google Trends page

    When you share a home with roommates or family members, figuring out how to stay isolated from someone who has been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 can be tricky. Google Trends noted that Michigan, Arizona, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York all had particularly high interest in this search term. Most of those states also experienced severe COVID-19 outbreaks in March.

  • "Thank you essential workers"

    - Date trend was reported: March 26, 2020
    - Location: Worldwide
    - Google Trends page

    Even under social distancing guidelines, not everyone can stay home. Essential workers like health care professionals, first responders, public safety officers, grocery store workers, delivery people, and others still have to do their jobs every day. Interest in how to thank essential workers for keeping society running has seen a spike worldwide, with outlets like the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times publishing articles about how to express your gratitude.

  • "Do we still pay rent during coronavirus"

    - Date trend was reported: March 27, 2020
    - Location: Worldwide
    - Google Trends page

    Just as searches about paying rent during coronavirus spiked, hashtags like #RentZero and #RentRelief also took off on social media, reflecting the growing demand for government rent relief programs. More than 30.3 million Americans filed unemployment claims between March 21 and April 25, likely leaving many of the jobless worried about paying rent.

  • "Paris catacombs virtual tour"

    - Date trend was reported: March 27, 2020
    - Location: U.S.
    - Google Trends page

    Staying home has led many Americans to search for new ways to entertain themselves, and press coverage in outlets including House Beautiful and Time Out led to an explosion of searches for a free virtual tour of the Catacombs of Paris. The tour is still free to access on the Catacombs website.

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  • "Baby Shark wash your hands"

    - Date trend was reported: March 30, 2020
    - Location: Worldwide
    - Google Trends page

    Searches for the pandemic-inspired remix of Pinkfong’s popular kids song spiked nine days after it was released on YouTube. By the first week of May, the video had more than 15 million views. Google users in South Africa had the highest level of interest in the Baby Shark remix, followed by those in Ireland.

  • "Binge-watching"

    - Date trend was reported: March 30, 2020
    - Location: U.S.
    - Google Trends page

    Staying at home is apparently leading many people to binge-watch their favorite TV shows and movies—and to search for the term. Searching for binge-watching leads to plenty of ranked lists of the best content to consume, from the best movies to stream on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime to the best TV shows of all time

  • "Coronavirus tips for workplace"

    - Date trend was reported: March 31, 2020
    - Location: Worldwide
    - Google Trends page

    For essential businesses that have been allowed to remain open during the pandemic, a huge question looms: How can employers keep workers safe? The Centers for Disease Control have created comprehensive guidelines that appear as the first result when searching for “coronavirus tips for workplace.”

  • "What is Census Day?"

    - Date trend was reported: April 1, 2020
    - Location: U.S.
    - Google Trends page

    The COVID-19 pandemic coincided with the 2020 Census, the once-a-decade, constitutionally mandated count of the U.S. population. The U.S. Census Bureau made the decision in mid-March to suspend field operations until April 1, Census Day. Where you lived and with whom on Census Day determines how you’re counted in the census.

  • "Wine delivery service"

    - Date trend was reported: April 1, 2020
    - Location: U.S.
    - Google Trends page

    Shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders ask residents to limit all trips outside the home for only the essentials, which led to increased interest in delivery services. Demand for all kinds of alcohol delivery has spiked during the pandemic, including wine delivery services.

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