The spread of the new coronary pneumonia virus around the world hit global stock markets Monday. At least 2,600 people have died worldwide, and the death toll is likely to rise further. But at least from google trends, Americans seem increasingly uninterested in the new corona. Searches related to the new coronary pneumonia virus have been declining since late January.
Distribution of outbreaks in the United States
There have been 53 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States, 36 of which were passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
One reason Americans are less interested in the new coronary pneumonia virus seems to be the stabilization of the outbreak in China. The World Health Organization said Monday that the outbreak reached a stable period from January 23 to February 2. A recent study of more than 72,000 chinese patients with new coronary pneumonia found that the most people developed symptoms on February 1.
But the spread of the new coronary pneumonia virus outside China may be accelerating.
U.S. interest in new coronary pneumonia outbreak is declining
In addition to China, 34 countries and regions have also confirmed cases, resulting in 33 deaths, including the worst outbreak in South Korea, the World Health Organization said Sunday, South Korea confirmed 602 cases of new coronary pneumonia, resulting in five deaths.
The number of confirmed cases in Italy was 215, with five deaths. It is not clear how some patients have been infected with the new coronary pneumonia virus. On Monday, 11 Italian municipalities imposed a city closure.
Iran has closed schools over a new outbreak of pneumonia. The government has begun disinfecting public places after 43 confirmed cases in Iran, resulting in 12 deaths.