Google search's data visualization programs now include a platform to see what coronavirus-related symptoms have been looked up by users around the world, the US, states, and counties.
“We hope this data could lead to a better understanding of the pandemic’s impact,” Google said in a blog post Wednesday. “Using the dataset, researchers can develop models and create visualizations based on the popularity of symptom-related searches.”
Google has for years tried to refine algorithms to come up with ways to predict disease activity based on people’s searches for symptoms.
Google search has previously offered data to help researchers studying health impacts from heatwaves, prediction models for the seasonal flu and monitor Lyme disease incidence.