Review: Evidence from internet search data shows information-seeking responses to news of local COVID-19 cases

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Review: Evidence from internet search data shows information-seeking responses to news of local COVID-19 cases

Review: Evidence from internet search data shows information-seeking responses to news of local COVID-19 cases

This article used internet search data to assess collective attention and information-seeking search patterns following government announcements related to COVID-19.

Announcements of the first state COVID-19 cases had the largest effect on people’s information-seeking behaviors related to the virus and its symptoms, followed by announcements of first deaths. Government information disclosure focuses public attention on the crisis, which affects people’s searches of what they can and should be doing. Government has a responsibility then to provide clear advice to the public.

|2020-05-11T11:50:11-04:00May 11th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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