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Can Google predict where Covid-19 will strike?

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford
2020-10-30

Dan Sinker has spotted a potentially important correlation in Google Trends data – Covid-19 outbreaks are accompanied by a proportional increase in the number of people searching for terms like “loss of taste”. Seems obvious in hindsight, but The Washington Post has picked up the theme to look at just how reliable it is, and reckons there’s something in this. Not all the time, but often enough that it’s worth taking note.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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