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Google’s trending searches show how the world is reacting to COVID-19

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We’ve mentioned it a couple of times before, but the whole sociology in school really messed with how we look at the world. Luckily, Google Trends is here to help us make sense of it all, by tracking search trends worldwide, all the time. It’s kind of spooky, but that’s not the point of this article.

Nope, the point of this article is to talk about the explosion of certain searches, and how they differ around the world. For example, did you know that one of the most common searches is “how to make a mask out of fabric?”. If you think about it, the search represents people understanding that buying N95 face masks is either a selfish move or just straight-up impossible at this time.

Here’s a look at some of the daily global insights showing which searches are spiking the most right now.

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As you can see, the United States is searching for “good news” now more than ever. Damn, if that isn’t a sign of the times then we don’t know what is.

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Of course, there’s a noticeable increase in searches surrounding ‘stimulus checks’ and ‘unemployment’, as was to be expected. Heck, even Joe Exotic potentially having coronavirus has made waves, with the search going up 450% in the past day.

But we’re not going to spoil all the fun for you. Click here to check out Google Trends and lose yourself in data. It’s pretty sweet.

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