BI: "Google searches for 'anxiety' have hit 16-year peak, as US COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations spike, says analyst DataTrek"

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BI: "Google searches for 'anxiety' have hit 16-year peak, as US COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations spike, says analyst DataTrek"

Excerpt from Business Insider quoting DataTrek co-founder Jessica Rabe:

…. “DataTrek said searches for “anxiety” between the start of July up to last week had been 5% higher than the same period in 2019. Queries abated after the first wave in May, but have remained at uniformly high levels for just over 4 months, it added. 

“As cases and hospitalizations reach new records, Americans searched for “anxiety” last week more than they have throughout the pandemic yet. In fact, queries for “anxiety” are at a 16-year peak since the start of the series in 2004,” DataTrek co-founder Jessica Rabe said in a note.

News this week that drugmaker Pfizer released promising results of a trial for its COVID-19 vaccine has boosted financial markets. It has also given investors cause to hope that further damage from the virus can be limited. But, Rabe said, with a tough winter ahead, it will take many months to ease ordinary Americans’ concerns.

“…As much as we welcome news of a vaccine, there’s still many tough months ahead and it will take time to ease people’s anxiety that was created by the virus,” DataTrek said”….

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