Health Information Search during COVID-19: Does Culture Matter?

19 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2020

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Petr Parshakov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Tatiana M. Permyakova

National Research University Higher School of Economics - National Research University Higher School of Economics (Perm)

Marina Zavertiaeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: June 11, 2020

Abstract

This paper focuses on the aspects of intersection between evolving COVID-19 pandemic confirmed cases, Google search queries as indication for health information search and cultural dimensions of certain countries. We analyze a Google trend index of 138 countries collected for the topic “coronavirus” and analyze the determinants of abnormal health search intensity. We find that registered cases of COVID-19 in a country do not lead to higher health anxiety. Despite this, deaths registered within a country increase health search intensity. We identify country differences in health search might be explained by cultural dimensions developed by Geert Hofstede.

Suggested Citation

Parshakov, Petr and Permyakova, Tatiana M. and Zavertiaeva, Marina, Health Information Search during COVID-19: Does Culture Matter? (June 11, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3625158 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3625158

Petr Parshakov (Contact Author)

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Tatiana M. Permyakova

National Research University Higher School of Economics - National Research University Higher School of Economics (Perm) ( email )

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Perm, Permsky kray 614070
Russia

Marina Zavertiaeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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