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How online search terms can help us track a pandemic and its effects

Atashbar, Tohid (2020) How online search terms can help us track a pandemic and its effects. LSE COVID-19 Blog (20 May 2020). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

During rapidly unfolding disasters, people turn to the internet to express their frustrations and fears. This enables policymakers to draw on a rich source of data, writes Tohid Atashbar (Majlis Research Center of Iran). Two indicators in particular could prove useful in tracking the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects: searches concerning taste and smell, and fluctuations in searches for information about unemployment benefits.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/covid19/
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: School of Public Policy
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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 12:36
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2020 23:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/104567

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