Google Trends: This is what people in Texas are searching for about the coronavirus - WFAA.com

Google Trends: This is what people in Texas are searching for about the coronavirus - WFAA.com


Google Trends: This is what people in Texas are searching for about the coronavirus - WFAA.com

Posted: 10 Sep 2020 03:41 PM PDT

From changes happening in Idaho to what's happening in India, this is what Texans have been searching for this week related to COVID-19.

People in Texas are going online at an increasing rate to search for what's happening with the novel coronavirus in Louisiana, Idaho and even the United Kingdom.

These are the top "coronavirus" Google Trends topics people in Texas are searching for this week at a higher rate than the previous week.

Idaho sees deadliest COVID-19 day

The term "idaho coronavirus restrictions" is up 1,450% this week compared to last week and "idaho coronavirus" is up 950%.

Wednesday marked the deadliest day in Idaho for COVID-19 related deaths as 16 new deaths were reported.

Since late July, Idaho has seen a rise in COVID-19 deaths, currently sitting at 406 deaths.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced Thursday that Idaho has not met the metrics needed to move out of Stage 4 health restrictions. This means Idaho will stay in Stage 4 of its rebounds plan for at least another two weeks.

Louisiana's new COVID-19 guidelines

People are searching for "louisiana coronavirus phase 3 guidelines" 450% more this week.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that Louisiana will move into Phase 3 of its coronavirus recovery plan on Friday, which is six months after the state's first case was reported in the state.

While Edwards did not explain what Phase 3 in Louisiana would entail, the White House Phase 3 recovery includes no limits on people returning to work, allows visits to senior facilities and includes limited distancing at restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums and churches.

New Orleans has decided to go against the state's decision and remain in Phase 2.

COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom

"Coronavirus uk" is up 110% in Texas searches this week compared to last week.

Earlier this week, the United Kingdom reported the highest number of new cases (2,988) in a 24-hour period since May 22.

United Kingdom Health Secretary Matt Hancock said this figure was more than 1,000 more than the previous day's tally of new cases.

In-person learning for students began last week while United Kingdom universities are going back to campuses in the next few weeks.

COVID-19 Phase 3

Texans are searching for "phase 3 coronavirus" 100% more this week compared to last week.

While this could be related to Louisiana's new guidelines, the White House currently has a three-phase plan for opening the country back up. The third phase is the final transition.

Under Phase 3, vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions but should practice physical distancing and minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical.

Employers also must resume unrestricted staffing at the workplace.

On June 25, Gov. Greg Abbott announced a temporary pause of the state's Phase 3 reopening plan put in place on June 3.

Coronavirus relief bill

The Google term "coronavirus relief bill" is up 80% in Texas.

Thursday, Senate Democrats did not pass a GOP coronavirus rescue package, saying the measure shortchanged too many pressing needs as the pandemic continues across the country.

The 52-47 vote fell short of what was needed to overcome a filibuster and likely ended hopes for a coronavirus relief before the November election.

The Republican measure in Thursday's test vote would:

—provide $105 billion to help schools reopen.

—enact a shield against lawsuits for businesses and others moving ahead to reopen.

—create a scaled-back $300-per-week supplemental jobless benefit.

—write off $10 billion in earlier debt at the U.S. Postal Service.

— set aside $31 billion for a coronavirus vaccine, $16 billion for virus testing and $15 billion to help child care providers reopen.

— provide $20 billion for farmers.

— devote $258 billion for a second round of paycheck protection subsidies.

Rise of cases in India

People in Texas are searching for "india coronavirus cases" 60% more this week compared to last week.

India surpassed 4 million COVID-19 cases last week and also passed Brazil this week for second-most total reported cases in the world.

As of Thursday, U.S.A. has the most cases with 6,581,605, India has the second most with 4,559,725 and Brazil has the third most with 4,210,556.

France's potential lockdown again

There has been a 50% increase on Google this week for the term "france coronavirus."

France reported 8,577 new daily COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the second most the country has seen over a 24-hour period this year.

French leaders are looking at alternative methods of controlling COVID-19, but they say they may be forced to resort to another lockdowns.

Research Reveals The Most Interesting Google Searches During Quarantine For Each State - Talk Radio 1210 WPHT

Posted: 26 Aug 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Of all the websites available on the internet, Google has probably had the biggest impact on society, especially in terms of accessing information. Any time someone has a question; Google is usually the first place they turn for answers. Now, with so many new questions popping up over the last few months, research has revealed some of the more interesting topics each state has been googling during quarantine.

Over the past five months, many have turned to the internet to help figure out there new way of life; whether that's dealing with quarantine, or finding something new to help pass the time. Using Google trends, researchers found the more interesting areas each state searches more than the rest. Some of the stranger results include; Louisiana searching "How Often Should You Wash Your Hair," Maine searching "Build a chicken coop," and Tennessee looking up "Cracker Barrel Alcohol."

For Texas, the most common search seems to be people looking for help with sleeping troubles. As for the rest of the country, there were a lot of food recipes, and plenty of alcohol and drug searches. Based on these results, some states clearly are having a tough time dealing with quarantine.

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Google is making changes to Search, removing potentially dangerous autocompletes - PhoneArena

Posted: 11 Sep 2020 01:40 AM PDT

Google is constantly making tweaks to its search algorithms to deliver better results but most remain behind the scenes. Some, however, have to be explained in order to avoid confusion among users.

Yesterday, Google announced the latest changes that are coming to Search in a blog post on the company's official blog, The Keyword. The changes all seem to reflect the current situation in the world in several aspects and are looking to protect users from misinformation.

First on Google's list are improvements in the detection of breaking news and crises. If we can say one thing about 2020, it's that there's no lack of crises. Well, now if you want to learn more about something that's happening right now, Google should be better at recognizing that intent and providing you with information from trusted sources.

The same effort goes into Google's Knowledge Graphs, which you might better know as those panels on the right that show summarized information about your search subject. To make sure you're getting reliable information, Google improved its partnerships with government agencies, health organizations and Wikipedia.

Additionally, Google is putting more effort into fact-checking, donating $6.5 million to fact-checking organizations and nonprofits and clearly marking fact-checked information in Search.

Perhaps the biggest change is the one that involves the Google Search autocomplete feature. For search predictions, Google says that it has "improved our automated systems to not show predictions if we detect that the query may not lead to reliable content."

Most importantly, that includes politics-related searches. Google "will remove predictions that could be interpreted as claims for or against any candidate or political party. We will also remove predictions that could be interpreted as a claim about participation in the election—like statements about voting methods, requirements, or the status of voting locations—or the integrity or legitimacy of electoral processes, such as the security of the election."

Google highlights that this only concerns what you will see or rather not see as autocomplete suggestions and doesn't affect your ability to perform any searches you'd like or their results.

This change comes in a very timely manner as the US presidential election is rapidly approaching. Whether or not it will have the intended effect perhaps only Google will know.

Google searches for ‘panic attack,’ ‘anxiety attack’ hit all-time high during coronavirus pandemic - MarketWatch

Posted: 27 Aug 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Keep calm and carry on? That's been easier said than done this year.

In fact, the number of Americans who Googled information about panic and anxiety attacks reached a 16-year high this spring, when the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S.

That's according to a new analysis from the Qualcomm Institute's Center for Data Driven Health at the University of California San Diego, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week.

Researchers tracked how often people looked up phrases including "panic attack," "anxiety attack," "am I having a panic attack?", and "anxiety attack symptoms" using Google GOOG, -1.60% Trends data, and analyzed how often these phrases were searched for in the U.S. between January 2004 and May 2020. After adjusting for variables such as population growth and increased internet use over the past 20 years, the researchers found that these anxiety and panic attack searches reached an all-time high between mid-March and mid-May.

Acute anxiety queries were 11% higher than expected during the 58-day period that began when President Trump declared that COVID-19 was a national emergency on March 13 and ending on May 9, which was the last date of data used in this analysis.

What's more, spikes in searches for these anxiety symptoms correlated with key dates early in the pandemic, particularly those related to shutdowns and social distancing guidelines.

Searches surged when national social distancing guidelines were first rolled out on March 16, for example. Searches skyrocketed the most overall on March 28, the day before these social distancing guidelines were extended, when anxiety queries were 52% higher than expected. There were also jumps when: the U.S. passed China for the most reported cases of COVID-19 on March 26; the CDC began telling everyone to wear face masks on April 3; and when the U.S. death toll surpassed Italy's death toll on April 11.

Anti-anxiety medication prescriptions (which had been in decline between 2015 and 2019) also spiked 34.1% during the week ending March 15, according to Express Scripts, a Cigna-owned CI, -2.46%  pharmacy benefit manager. "This analysis, showing that many Americans are turning to medications for relief, demonstrates the serious impact COVID-19 may be having on our nation's mental health," the report concluded.

Read more:Anti-anxiety medication prescriptions have spiked 34% during the coronavirus pandemic

Searches for anxiety and panic attack symptoms first began dropping back to normal levels on April 15, and have been returning to more typical levels since then. The researchers suggest this could be because Americans have become more resilient, or adapted to the coronavirus' disruptions on their everyday lives. Or perhaps this is because many people had already received whatever help they could get for their anxiety from searching the internet.

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The pandemic's impact on mental health has been of increasing concern, however.

Anxiety disorders were already the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. before the pandemic, affecting 40 million adults (or 18.1% of the population) each year. Signs of an anxiety attack can include chest pain, difficulty breathing, a rapid heart rate, sweating, dizziness, nausea, as well as a feeling of sudden, overwhelming fear.

So now this pandemic that has infected at least 5.74 million Americans and killed more than 177,000 — not to mention putting millions more out of work, and disrupting almost every aspect of every day life — is placing unprecedented amounts of stress on an already anxious population. The New York City branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness saw a 60% increase in calls to its helpline in the last two weeks of March alone (when the JAMA study reported the highest spikes in searches for panic and anxiety attacks).

An Axios/Ipsos poll conducted during the same period found that 35% of Americans claimed their mental health had gotten worse during the pandemic, and 43% said their emotional well-being was also worse. Indeed, more than four in 10 Americans said they were feeling lonelier than ever in April.

Salesforce CRM, -1.05%  CEO Marc Benioff revealed this week that about one-third of the company's employees had reported experiencing a mental-health issue.

And as the country has struggled to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections, a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit that supports independent research on health care issues, warns that Americans are suffering more mental health consequences from the pandemic than people in other countries. One-third of American adults surveyed between March and May 2020 reported experiencing stress, anxiety, or great sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, which was significantly higher than countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, France and New Zealand, where only a quarter of respondents (or less) said the same.

A CDC survey of around 5,400 adults in late June also found that the prevalence of anxiety symptoms was three times higher this summer than it was in the second quarter of 2019, and the prevalence of depression was four times as high. Also alarming: Young adults ages 18 to 24, racial and ethnic minorities, essential workers and unpaid adult care-givers are suffering disproportionately worse mental health outcomes during this time, including increased substance abuse and more thoughts of suicide.

Read more:'We can get through this': How to manage your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

There are also a number of ways to cope with anxiety when it arises, such as sticking to a daily routine, getting into a meditation practice to soothe yourself, or excusing yourself to go for a walk or take a few deep breaths. Read here for advice from panic attack sufferers on how they cope with their symptoms in public. Or here are several more tips for getting through the COVID-19 pandemic when you're already struggling with anxiety or mental health issues.

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or considering hurting themselves, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text the Crisis Text line by texting HOME to 741741 to get help. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention also recommends that those needing emotional support related to COVID-19 should call the Disaster Distress Helpline (800-985-5990), or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

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