Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

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.

[img] Text (covid19_2020-05-20-how-online-search-terms-can-help-track-a-pandemic) - Published Version
Download (1MB)


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:
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: School of Public Policy
?? SCPP ??
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: 15 Sep 2023 10:29

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics