The second worldwide wave of interest in coronavirus since the COVID-19 outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran: A Google Trends study

Author: Artur Strzelecki

Cases of pneumonia had been reported globally (Chen et al., 2020) that were caused by the novel coronavirus that is now known as COVID-19 (World Health Organization, 2020a). Many cases have resulted in death. There have been reported cases in 185 countries and territories, including Italy (n = 156,363), Iran (n = 73,303) and South Korea (n = 10,537) in the end of April 12, 2020 (Dong et al., 2020). It took over three months to reach the first 100 00 confirmed cases, 28 days to climb one million and only 13 days to reach 2 millions. (World Health Organization, 2020b).

On 11 February 2020, the official names were announced for the virus responsible for COVID-19 (previously known as “۲۰۱۹ novel coronavirus” or “۲۰۱۹-nCoV”) and the disease it causes. The official name of the disease is coronavirus disease (COVID-19); the virus itself is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (World Health Organization, 2020a).

Currently, Google offers its Trends service, which acts as reverse data engineering and allows data on users’ searches to be collected, which in this case is interest in the COVID-19 epidemic. Google Trends (GT) data can be used to forecast the trends of reporting new cases.

تاریخ انتشار اولیه: ۳۰ فروردین ۱۳۹۹
تاریخ رصد: ۶ شهریور ۱۳۹۹

 

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