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Google releases search results for the first half of a crazy 2020

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2020 has been a pretty crazy year so far and that’s been reflected in what Australians have searched for online. Google has just released its mid-year search trends during this extraordinary year so far.

We kicked off the year Googling the bushfires that had ravaged Australia over summer and the early portion of 2020.

And it’s no surprise that just when we got our breath back and the smoke had cleared, the coronavirus lands on our doorstep and dominated our searches.

And from this we were curious about social distancing, panic buying, hand sanitiser and toilet paper.

In fact, during the coronavirus crisis, searches on Google reached their highest peak ever.

The blue line represents coronavirus searches

There were also searches for how many cases of coronavirus in Australia, how did coronavirus start, how to make hand sanitiser and where to buy toilet paper.

At the same time there was also a 10-year high for searches related to craft and gardening.

Here are the most popular search topics from January 1 to June 30, 2020:

  1. Coronavirus
  2. Social Distancing
  3. Worldometers
  4. Panic buying
  5. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
  6. Black Lives Matter
  7. Pandemic
  8. Hand sanitiser
  9. Animal Crossing
  10. Spanish flu
  11. Kobe Bryant
  12. Zoom Video Communications
  13. Social Isolation
  14. Quarantine
  15. Toilet paper
  16. Furlough
  17. TikTok
  18. Bushfires in Australia

Google was also where people turned to have their questions answered. Here are the burning questions we had between January 1 and June 30, 2020:

  1. How many cases of coronavirus in Australia?
  2. What is coronavirus?
  3. How did coronavirus start?
  4. How many people have died from coronavirus?
  5. What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
  6. What does simp mean?
  7. When will coronavirus end?
  8. How long does coronavirus last on surfaces?
  9. Can you get coronavirus twice?
  10. Is coronavirus airborne?
  11. How old is Addison Rae?
  12. How to make hand sanitiser.
  13. Is Kim Jong Un dead?
  14. When is minecraft shutting down?
  15. Where to buy toilet paper.
  16. How is coronavirus spread?
  17. What is the name of the kingdom in Tangled?
  18. Can dogs get coronavirus?
  19. Why is everyone buying toilet paper?
  20. When does jobkeeper end?