Google search interest on Covid-19 throughout the pandemic

Data is collected from Google trends on search interest in the topic Covid-19 in all countries of the world (except Kosovo and North Korea) throughout the pandemic. The topic is defined by Google and includes related search terms, in all languages. The colors show search interest during the week, with brighter colors indicating higher search interest.

Interest is calculated within countries, meaning that the brightest color is the peak search interest for that country during the pandemic. 

To make the search patterns more interpretable the bottom shows a rolling average of daily deaths per million in each continent. This data is taken from Our World in Data. The video also includes some annotations.

Made in R using the ggplot, tmap and gtrendsR packages.