Iowans’ Most Googled Question About COVID-19 During The Pandemic
More than five months into battling this pandemic, as you might imagine, Coronavirus is still a big topic of interest when searching the internet. That being said, interest peaked out in mid-March when the first restrictions began. Since then, searches have been declining until finally leveling off around June 1st, when most of the restrictions were lifted.
Courtesy - Google
Google Trends is a great place to learn more about search trends across the U.S. Sykes.com used Google Trends data to cross-reference 25 "frequently asked questions" or phrases to discover what virus-related queries were most commonly searched by Americans. Questions about social distancing to diagnosis and treatment, to common misconceptions and even do-it-yourself cleansers.
So what question did Iowans ask Google the most? "Can mosquitoes spread coronavirus?" In my opinion, that's kind of an odd question, yet at the same time, not all that surprising, considering Iowa is known for its giant relentless mosquitoes in the summertime. No offense my fellow Iowans, but the question is actually really dumb. If you think about it, mosquitoes jab the sharp tip of its straw-like mouth into your skin, actually sucking your blood up, not injecting it into your skin. I suppose there's a chance the person they bit before you had coronavirus, but as everyone knows, COVID-19 it is a respiratory virus spreading through droplets generated by coughs or sneezes. So, as much as we hate mosquitoes, that myth has been debunked. But don't feel so bad Iowans, residents in Virginia and North Carolina asked if the virus could be spread through drinking water. Oh boy. (I'm rolling my eyes right now)
Some of the topics most searched for were; "safety measures at work", along with if swimming and dog parks are safe. I'll let you do your own google search for the answer to those questions. In the meantime, check out the map below to find out what other states are asking...and stay safe and well!