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Coronavirus pandemic: What Aussies are googling during the COVID-19 crisis

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From fishing to visiting family, here’s the information Australians are desperately searching for.

Aussies are most curious about whether they can go fishing and visit family during the coronavirus pandemic, new data from search giant Google reveals.

According to a Google Trends report, over the past seven days the top two questions most googled in Australia on the pandemic were "Can you visit family during coronairuvs?" and "Can you go fishing during coronavirus?".

The answers – generally you cannot visit family outside of providing care, and you can go fishing in most states – but not all.

Other questions were concerned about whether the dentist was open, when the lockdown will end, whether or not you can go for a drive and even asking which country has zero cases of coronavirus.

Unsurprisingly, coronavirus has been the most searched topic in Australia for six consecutive weeks.

The number one searched term – outside of questions – was "John Hopkins coronavirus resource", which was up by more than 1900 per cent in some states.

MALLACOOTA  AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15:  Brett Mayor ,59, from Frankston fishes from the shore in Mallacoota on January 15, 2020 , Australia. The Princes Highway between Mallacoota and Orbost remains closed to public due to the risk of falling trees following the devastating bushfires that have swept through East Gippsland in recent weeks. ADF armoured vehicles have been travelling the stretch of road to bring supplies in to Mallacoota, after the coastal town was cut off by fire on New Years Eve, fo

Johns Hopkins is an American University that has a dedicated COVID-19 dashboard that users can see total cases, total deaths, total tests and more laid out on a world map.

Over the past seven days, the only search term that ranked in the top ten lists outside of coronavirus was "Tim Brooke Taylor" – the British comedian and former Goodie who died three days ago.

Somewhat ironically Mr Brooke-Taylor died of COVID-19, but that wasn't included in most people's searches.

Curiously, Australian searches around Centrelink dropped considerably this week, down 45 per cent from the week prior.

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That doesn't mean queries around the JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments are down however – they are still 130 per cent above what Google Trends calls "usual weekly thresholds".

Top 10 Trending Questions for Coronavirus this week:

  1. Can you visit family during coronavirus?
  2. Can you go fishing during coronavirus?
  3. Are dentists open with coronavirus?
  4. When will lockdown end?
  5. How many new cases of coronavirus in Australia today?
  6. Can I go for a drive during coronavirus?
  7. How many people died in Australia from coronavirus?
  8. Which country has no coronavirus?
  9. How is Australia doing with coronavirus?
  10. When can I access my super coronavirus?

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Source: 9News

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