Review: Tracking COVID-19 in Europe – an infodemiology study

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Review: Tracking COVID-19 in Europe – an infodemiology study

This research article reports that Google Trends data strongly correlates with COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Previous outbreaks and epidemics have been tracked and forecasted by using infodemiology metrics and approaches, particularly through Twitter and Google. The data from this study assessing online interest in COVID-19 and cases and deaths suggests that regional nowcasting of COVID-19 is possible by simply monitoring Google Trends data until reaching its critical point (the point at which online interest starts declining). This information is important for increasing preparedness of health care systems.

|2020-04-20T13:55:29-04:00April 20th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Tracking COVID-19 in Europe – an infodemiology study

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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