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Providing early indication of regional anomalies in COVID19 case counts in England using search engine queries

  title={Providing early indication of regional anomalies in COVID19 case counts in England using search engine queries},
  author={Elad Yom-Tov and V. Lampos and Ingemar J. Cox and Michael Edelstein},
COVID19 was first reported in England at the end of January 2020, and by mid-June over 150,000 cases were reported. We assume that, similarly to influenza-like illnesses, people who suffer from COVID19 may query for their symptoms prior to accessing the medical system (or in lieu of it). Therefore, we analyzed searches to Bing from users in England, identifying cases where unexpected rises in relevant symptom searches occurred at specific areas of the country. Our analysis shows that searches… Expand
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