Health Information Search during COVID-19: Does Culture Matter?
19 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 11, 2020
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.
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