Google Searches and COVID-19 Cases in Saudi Arabia: A Correlation Study

by   Btool Hamoui, et al.

Background: The outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has affected human life to a great extent on a worldwide scale. During the coronavirus pandemic, public health professionals at the early outbreak faced an extraordinary challenge to track and quantify the spread of disease. Objective: To investigate whether a digital surveillance model using google trends (GT) is feasible to monitor the outbreak of coronavirus in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Methods: We retrieve GT data using ten common COVID-19 symptoms related keywords from March 2, 2020, to October 31, 2020. Spearman correlation were performed to determine the correlation between COVID-19 cases and the Google search terms. Results: GT data related to Cough and Sore Throat were the most searched symptoms by the Internet users in Saudi Arabia. The highest daily correlation found with the Loss of Smell followed by Loss of Taste and Diarrhea. Strong correlation as well was found between the weekly confirmed cases and the same symptoms: Loss of Smell, Loss of Taste and Diarrhea. Conclusions: We conducted an investigation study utilizing Internet searches related to COVID-19 symptoms for surveillance of the pandemic spread. This study documents that google searches can be used as a supplementary surveillance tool in COVID-19 monitoring in Saudi Arabia.


Google Trends Analysis of COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that COVID-19 was a pandem...

Assessing the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on unhappiness, loneliness, and boredom using Google Trends

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many governments to implement lockdowns. W...

An Analysis of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in the U.S. at the County Level

Reluctance or refusal to get vaccinated, referred to as vaccine hesitanc...

Learning from pandemics: using extraordinary events can improve disease now-casting models

Online searches have been used to study different health-related behavio...

Faster indicators of dengue fever case counts using Google and Twitter

Dengue is a major threat to public health in Brazil, the world's sixth b...

Surveillance of COVID-19 Pandemic using Hidden Markov Model

COVID-19 pandemic has brought the whole world to a stand-still over the ...

The starting dates of COVID-19 multiple waves

The severe acute respiratory syndrome of coronavirus 2 spread globally v...

Please sign up or login with your details

Forgot password? Click here to reset