Gastroenterology

Google trends of GI symptoms may be ‘harbinger’ of COVID-19



Analysis of Google search trends correlated with increases in COVID-19 cases several weeks before any actual spike, according to study results.
Kyle Staller, MD, MPH, of the division of gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, told Healio Gastroenterology that search data have previously been linked with seasonal influenza epidemics, so he and his colleagues applied the same thinking to the GI symptoms related to COVID-19.
“We know that many patients with COVID-19 develop GI symptoms early in their course, often before manifesting more typical respiratory symptoms,”

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