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The influence of media coverage and governmental policies on Google queries related to COVID-19 cutaneous symptoms: Infodemiology study

Abstract : Background: During COVID-19, studies have reported the appearance of internet searches for disease symptoms before their validation by the World Health Organization. This suggested that monitoring of these searches with tools including Google Trends may help monitor the pandemic itself. In Europe and North America, dermatologists reported an unexpected outbreak of cutaneous acral lesions (eg, chilblain-like lesions) in April 2020. However, external factors such as public communications may also hinder the use of Google Trends as an infodemiology tool. Objective: The study aimed to assess the impact of media announcements and lockdown enforcement on internet searches related to cutaneous acral lesions during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. Methods: Two searches on Google Trends, including daily relative search volumes for (1) "toe" or "chilblains" and (2) "coronavirus," were performed from January 1 to May 16, 2020, with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany as the countries of choice. The ratio of interest over time in "chilblains" and "coronavirus" was plotted. To assess the impact of lockdown enforcement and media coverage on these internet searches, we performed an interrupted time-series analysis for each country.
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Solène Huynh Dagher, Guillaume Lamé, Thomas Hubiche, Khaled Ezzedine, Tu Duong. The influence of media coverage and governmental policies on Google queries related to COVID-19 cutaneous symptoms: Infodemiology study. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, JMIR Publications, 2021, 7 (2), pp.e25651. ⟨10.2196/25651⟩. ⟨hal-03136039⟩

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