# How Did People Search Google For Covid And Coronavirus In 2020?
As Covid-19 unfold in 2020, folks googled for data on Coronavirus and the illness and pandemic it brought about.
Which had been the preferred search phrases related to the virus? We can research that utilizing Google’s Trends device.
Google Trends allows you to “Explore what the world is searching” by way of infographics displaying the relative reputation of queries despatched to the corporate’s search engine.
A search time period with probably the most ‘curiosity over time’ will get a rating of 100% at its peak reputation, and completely different queries (or the identical question on different dates) get scores relative to that highest level, so 50% means half as well-liked total.
The chart under exhibits results for five words (the utmost for comparability): ‘Coronavirus’; ‘Corona’, a colloquial time period for Coronavirus or Covid; ‘Virus’, quick for Coronavirus when referring to “the virus”; ‘Covid’ (technically the illness but additionally used for the pandemic); and ‘Covid-19’ (pandemic or illness).
There are two clear peaks round late January and mid-March, which we’ll cross-reference in opposition to the New York Times’ timeline of the pandemic: these two dates coincide with 30 January, when the World Health Organization declared a “public health emergency of international concern” and when nations entered lockdown.
How did folks search in several international locations? The curiosity over time for every question is damaged down by area (nation). For instance, the map under exhibits that Spain was 1st in looking for ‘Coronavirus’, with the United Kingdom in fifth and United States seventeenth. From the odds calculated for all 5 search phrases, 45% of queries from the US had been ‘Coronavirus’ and ‘Covid’ was second with 35%.
The phrases folks use change over time, as illustrated by the identify of the species behind Covid, which was initially known as 2019-nCoV (‘n’ stands for ‘novel’) however was later renamed SARS-CoV-2 after scientists recognized its shut relationship to the virus behind Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, now referred to as SARS-CoV-1.
As the chart under from the results exhibits, 2019-nCoV did not final lengthy: searches began in mid-January and peaked later that month, coinciding with an increase for SARS-CoV-2 in early February that peaked in March and has held comparatively regular since May.
Google Trends is a enjoyable device and this text solely scraped the floor of how folks seek for Coronavirus data, so play with a couple of search phrases and let me know what you discover (@jvchamary on Twitter).