Infoveillance of Mucormycosis in India: A Google™ Trends Based Study

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2021-06-30

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https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2021.v33i02.028

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Mucormycosis, Google Trends, Diabetes, Steroids

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India reported highest incidence of Mucormycosis in the past and during the second wave of COVID-19. Google Trends is a potential tool for infoveillance of infectious disease like Mucormycosis. Relative Search Volume (RSV) for term Mucormycosis (+ Black fungus), diabetes, steroid, oxygen, D-dimer (+ferritin) had been extracted from Google Trends for three months (March to May 2021) and state-wise prevalence for Mucormycosis released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was used for the analysis. India reported highest RSV for Mucormycosis among the top five countries with COVID-19 cases. RSV peak for oxygen preceded the Mucormycosis spike. Correlation between state-wise prevalence of Mucormycosis and their corresponding RSV was not significant. While a positive correlation was observed between Mucormycosis, diabetes and steroid, it was not statistically significant. Infoveillance using Google trends can serve as a proxy marker for the public health needs and priorities much before actual field surveys.

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Jain G, Das Munshi B, Narasimha VL, Varshney S. Infoveillance of Mucormycosis in India: A Google™ Trends Based Study. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2021 Jun. 30 [cited 2022 Oct. 6];33(2):383-5. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2206

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