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Data: Google Trends; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Searches for 'covid' are beginning to catch up to 'coronavirus' and have surpassed it in some states as the top term users are entering on Google, according to Google Trends data.

Between the lines: The gap has shrunken considerably since March when 'coronavirus' was searched five times more than 'covid'. In the past week there have been just 1.2x more. 'covid-19' and 'virus' lag way behind both.

Alaska is the most popular spot for 'covid', which also surpasses 'coronavirus' in 9 other states: Minnesota, Colorado, Kentucky, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

  • The mid-Atlantic is a 'coronavirus' stronghold with Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware registering the highest shares.

What's going on: Total searches about the virus peaked in mid-March, with 'coronavirus' topping out on March 15. Since then, it has decreased more than 7x.

  • 'Covid' peaked in the last week of March, but its decrease has been much less pronounced and is now nearly on par with 'coronavirus'.
  • Searching for the latest about the pandemic appears to be a wake-up ritual — hits for each term spike in the early morning.

'Corona' is the next most-popular shorthand — its searches are higher than 'virus', 'covid-19' or 'rona' — and not because of the beer: 'corona' doesn't register in the Google Trends comparison before February.

  • New Jersey, California, Connecticut and New York are the most popular spots for 'corona'.
  • In the nation's capital, they embrace scientific formality more often: 'covid-19' gets searched more frequently in Washington D.C. than anywhere else.

Note: Google Trends data cited is recent as of Friday afternoon. All terms researched are not case sensitive.

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McCarthy: Congress is more worried about Big Tech than a year ago

Axios co-founder Mike Allen (l) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Congress is more worried about Big Tech now than it was a year ago, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Axios on Thursday during a virtual event.

What he's saying: "Their power is only getting larger, and in the world of COVID, it's getting larger because they have more influence. But I don't think they're forthcoming on a lot, I have real concerns on what Google has been doing."

Fed revamps rules for officials, restricts trades after controversies

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve on Thursday announced significant changes to its rules regulating officials' financial activities following controversy last month over some officials' past trading practices.

Why it matters: The rule revamp is a coda on the biggest scandal to hit the Fed in recent memory.

Texas urges Supreme Court to leave abortion ban in place

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Texas on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to keep in place a law that bans abortions after an embryo's cardiac activity is detected, which can be as soon as six weeks and before many people know they are pregnant.

Driving the news: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the high court to ignore the Justice Department's emergency request that they temporarily block the law while federal courts consider its constitutionality since it "lacks standing because it has not been injured by SB 8."

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