Domain investors often get a bad rap during various emergencies and tragedies. Sometimes the criticism is warranted when speculation on tragedy-related domain names is distasteful to many. There are always going to be journalists who look at speculative domain registrations as a way to show examples of people attempting to profit from domain names. Even when domain speculation is not done by domain investors, these types of articles portray the business of domain investing in a poor light.
When it comes to the COVID 19 coronavirus outbreak, this is no different. There have been quite a few articles written about related domain names, with a particular focus on scams and schemes involving domain names that are associated with the ongoing, worldwide pandemic.
I think two of the most relevant domain names associated with this outbreak are Coronavirus.com and COVID19.com. Both are probably seeing a lot of type-in traffic from people looking for information about the pandemic.
As I previously wrote, GoDaddy owns Coronavirus.com following its acquisition of Uniregistry. In lieu of monetizing or selling this domain name, GoDaddy is forwarding Coronavirus.com to the World Health Organization website with official information about the pandemic.
Similarly, COVID19.com is also forwarding to the World Health Organization’s website. Specifically, the domain name forwards to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund page within the WHO website. COVID19.com was a recent registration, and because the domain name is registered under privacy proxy, the registrant is not known to me.
With all of the negative stories about domain names and domain speculation I have seen in various publications, I thought I would highlight the fact that two of the most important pandemic related domain names are being used in a helpful way. In my opinion, the vast majority of coronavirus and COVID related domain names do not have commercial value. These two domain names likely have substantial value because there are people or businesses that would pay to own them. I think it is positive to see them being used in this manner.