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Publication | 10 June 2020

Tracking EU Citizens’ Concerns using Google Search Data - Week 04

Analysing the evolution of EU citizens’ Google searches provides timely insights on their concerns in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

Week 04
23-29 May 2020

  • Analysing the evolution of EU citizens’ Google searches provides timely insights on their concerns in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. This week the report focuses on pandemic-related worries in EU countries.
  • During the last week, the relative search volumes for topics related to both Health worries and reactions have been decreasing. Nonetheless, comparing the same period (9 February-9 May) in 2020 and in 2019, queries related to Symptom show a relevant increase, which is particularly high in those countries where the covid-19 outbreak has been more pronounced.
  • During the last week, also the search volume for queries related to economic worries decreased. At the same time, online retailers might be benefiting from the current situation. As an example, the search volume for Amazon has been generally higher in February-May 2020 than in the same period in 2019, doubling its 2019 value in some countries. Given the far-reaching economic consequences of these changes, it will be important to monitor whether this increase will just be temporary or will persist in the near future.
  • The easing of lockdown measures is identifiable in the increased interest in travel-related topics (Bus, Train and Flight) over the last weeks. At the same time, the lower interest in topics related to work from home (Telecommuting, Video conference and Videotelephony) tell us how people are adapting to the end of lockdown. However, even in the past few weeks, interest for flights remains substantially lower than in the same weeks in 2019.
Tracking EU Citizens’ Concerns using Google Search Data - Week 04
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