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

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

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

In this study of Google Trends, researchers examined how collective attention and information-seeking behaviors respond to state government announcements of COVID-19 cases.

Announcements of first local cases of COVID-19 heightened collective attention to the pandemic; however, information seeking faded within two weeks, even with new announcements of mitigation strategies (e.g., school closures). Government information disclosure does help focus public attention on the crisis, but that increased attention is short-lived. Additionally, people mainly react by seeking information on what they can and should personally do as opposed to community-level policies. These results can provide officials with information on what and how to disclosure future information.

|2020-04-21T09:02:48-04:00April 21st, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Information seeking responses to news of local COVID-19 cases: Evidence from internet search data

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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