Filipinos' top Google searches in June include “sore throat” and “SSS calamity loan processing time”

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Coronavirus related searches halved in June compared to May volumes, although the topic still remains in the minds of Filipinos.

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — It seems that in June, most Filipinos are more concerned about the processing of their SSS calamity loan. According to Google’s most searched trends in June, “SSS calamity loan processing time” increased to more than +5000 percent, as the government agency opened the Calamity Assistance Program (CLAP) for its members who are affected by COVID-19. There are around 1.74 million potential member-borrowers according to the SSS.

Filipinos’ search interest for coronavirus this 2020 from January to date. Graph courtesy of GOOGLE PHILIPPINES

Spike in search interest for “track and trace” from 2004 to present. Graph courtesy of GOOGLE PHILIPPINES

In COVID-19 related things, other trending searches include “sore throat” (up by 200%), “signs of coronavirus,” and “track and trace,” which is at an all time high in the Philippines. But as per Google, the interest in coronavirus related-searches halved in June compared with May volumes (see chart below), although the topic still remains in the minds of Filipinos as these are the most searched questions in June:

1. What is coronavirus?

2. Is coronavirus airborne?

3. When will coronavirus end?

4. Is there asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus disease?

5. Is itchy throat a sign for coronavirus?

6. How to prevent coronavirus.

7. How coronavirus spread.

8. When did coronavirus start in PH?

9. How to cure coronavirus at home.

10. Can coronavirus survive in water?

Search interest in coronavirus are also high in places such as in (ranked order) Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, and CARAGA. The NCR only ranks sixth in the coronavirus search interest.

Coronavirus still remains a huge topic of interest in the world, with questions such as “Is coronavirus airborne?” and “What is coronavirus” placing in the top five searched questions in the world. You can keep tabs on the search trends in the Philippines in real time here.