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Trends of Online Search of COVID-19 Related Terms in Cyprus

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Independent Scholar, Nicosia 2740, Cyprus
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Medical School, University of Cyprus, Nicosia 2029, Cyprus
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Department of Biomedical Sciences, Humanitas University, 20090 Milan, Italy
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Humanitas Clinical and Research Center-IRCCS, 20089 Milan, Italy
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Academic Editor: Ubydul Haque
Received: 3 December 2020 / Revised: 4 January 2021 / Accepted: 15 January 2021 / Published: 20 January 2021
Knowledge of trends in web searches provides useful information for various purposes, including responses to public health emergencies. This work aims to analyze the popularity of internet search queries for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and COVID-19 symptoms in Cyprus. Query data for the term Coronavirus were retrieved from Google Trends website between 19 January and 30 June 2020. The study focused on Cyprus and the four most populated cities: Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, and Paphos. COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and myalgia were considered in the analysis. Daily and weekly search volumes were described, and their correlation with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and important announcements or events were examined. Three periods of interest peaks were identified in Cyprus. The highest interest in COVID-19-related terms was found in the city of Paphos. The most popular symptoms were fever and cough, and the symptom with the highest increase in popularity was myalgia. At the beginning of the pandemic, the search volume of COVID-19 grew substantially when governments, major organizations, and high-profile figures, globally and locally, made important announcements regarding COVID-19. Health authorities in Cyprus and elsewhere could benefit from constantly monitoring the online interest of the population in order to get timely information that could be used in public health planning and response. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; google trends; search interest; information seeking; internet behavior COVID-19; pandemic; google trends; search interest; information seeking; internet behavior
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Anastasiou, M.; Pantavou, K.; Yiallourou, A.; Bonovas, S.; Nikolopoulos, G.K. Trends of Online Search of COVID-19 Related Terms in Cyprus. Epidemiologia 2021, 2, 36-45. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/epidemiologia2010004

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Anastasiou M, Pantavou K, Yiallourou A, Bonovas S, Nikolopoulos GK. Trends of Online Search of COVID-19 Related Terms in Cyprus. Epidemiologia. 2021; 2(1):36-45. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/epidemiologia2010004

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Anastasiou, Marios, Katerina Pantavou, Anneza Yiallourou, Stefanos Bonovas, and Georgios K. Nikolopoulos 2021. "Trends of Online Search of COVID-19 Related Terms in Cyprus" Epidemiologia 2, no. 1: 36-45. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/epidemiologia2010004

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