The coronavirus from China (officially called COVID-19 and more commonly referred to as novel coronavirus) has spread faster than both its predecessor coronaviruses, SARS and MERS. While most cases remain in China, the disease has spread to Australia, Europe, and North America, with some countries experiencing confirmed cases in the double-digits.
The disease has affected everything from international travel to the global economy, and millions of people around the world want to know how the virus will affect them. We recently conducted a Pollfish survey that shows 56% of Americans are concerned about getting the infection.
To better understand how the outbreak has affected health concerns around the world, we set out to learn which countries’ residents are harnessing Google to find answers.
We used Google Trends to find out which countries outside of China have searched for the term “coronavirus” the most in the last 90 days and weighted those numbers by population. Then we compared those findings to where there are current cases of the virus. All cases below are according to the New York Times.
Correlations and key findings
1. Canada is googling “coronavirus” more than any other country, despite having only seven reported cases.
2. The United States didn’t even break the top 20 countries googling coronavirus the most, coming in at number 22. There have been 12 cases of the novel coronavirus in the US.
3. Central and South America are home to 6 of the top 20 countries whose residents googled about the coronavirus; there have been zero reported cases of the virus in these regions.
4. South Africa googled coronavirus the most out of all African countries but came in at 39 on our list. As of this writing, there aren’t any cases of the disease on the continent.
What you should know about the novel coronavirus
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global emergency due to COVID-19, so the situation is serious. But, although 57% of Americans think the coronavirus is more deadly than the flu, more people die annually in the US from that flu than have been killed by the novel coronavirus so far.
Coronaviruses have been around for years, and some are behind some cases of the common cold. Although COVID-19 isn’t currently spreading in most countries, you can help protect yourself in much the same way you’d avoid the cold or flu:
· Wash your hands often with soapy water.
· Avoid touching your face, especially your nose and mouth.
· If you or someone you know have cold- or flu-like symptoms, avoid close contact with other people.
· Disinfect surfaces you or others frequently touch.
There are many unknowns about the novel coronavirus, such as when we’ll have a vaccine, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help stop the disease from spreading. Take precautions to protect your health and avoid spreading germs to others.
Together, we can help give scientists and doctors a leg up against the coronavirus.
Just for Laughs
A clearly inebriated woman, stark naked, jumped into a taxi in New York City.
The cab driver, on older gentleman, open his eyes wide and stared at the woman, but made no attempt to start the cab.
The woman glared back at him and said, “What’s wrong with you, honey? Haven’t you ever seen a naked woman before?”
The old driver slowly answered, “Let me tell you something, lady. I wasn’t staring at you like you think. That would not be proper.”
The woman giggled and responded, “Well, if you’re not staring, sweetie, what are you doing then?”
He paused a moment, then told her, “Well…Miss, I am looking, and I am looking, and I am thinking to myself, where is this lady keeping the money to pay for this ride?”