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Coronavirus, Travel Searches Boom on Google

By Ludmila Pesce |  @RedLineProject | Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020

It’s growing, it’s spreading and it’s all over the news. The Coronavirus, also known as the COVID-19, was first identified in Wuhan, China last fall. The virus has now spread through various countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific.

And it's also spreading on Google search.

According to the World Health Organization website, symptoms of the Coronavirus can range to minor cases such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties to more severe cases such as pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

As of March 5, 3,311 people have died from the disease, with China having over 3,000 deaths and the United States with 11 deaths. Those numbers will continue to change in a short period of time.

According to an analysis of Google search data on Google Trends, the Coronavirus and China have become trending search terms since October 2019. It wasn’t until January 2020 that both terms reached its peak in trending Google searches. Although the public is informed of the dangers of the Coronavirus through various health organizations, false information and fear still promoted racism and hate.

With the threat of the Coronavirus, those who planned to travel internationally have reconsidered. From the same Google Trends chart, the term flight was trending. Italy was trending in February 2020. Much like various parts of China, Italy is under lock down due to a high number of cases.

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