Why have Americans and the news media lost interest in the coronavirus pandemic?

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By Kent R. Kroeger (Source: NuQum.com, June 15, 2020)

Declining media and public interest in the coronavirus pandemic

Source: GDELT Project
Source: GDELT Project
Source: GDELT Project
Source: Google Trends

Possible Reason #1: People have shorter attention spans

Possible Reason #2: More compelling events (e.g., the 2020 Election, George Floyd, Black Lives Matter) have replaced the pandemic in people’s minds

Possible Reason #3: Public interest follows the news media’s interest

Possible Reason #4: The coronavirus pandemic is in decline

Source: Johns Hopkins University (CSSE)

Possible Reason #5: Americans are weary of negative news

The coronavirus pandemic has produced an unprecedented level of public interest, even if that interest has since softened

Source: Google Trends

Source: Google Trends

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