Google recently revealed the top health-associated search phrases in New York City for this winter. The top search words included common terms associated with winter illnesses such as “flu” and “bronchitis.” However, other top Google searches this season also included “legionnaires disease” and “pneumonia symptoms.”
According to Dr. Jay Varma, deputy commissioner for disease control at the NYC Department of Health, the media plays a significant role in search trends.
“We live in a very diverse city so the searches you have in the city will be varied…One news story about an uncommon issue can get a lot of people to search about it immediately,” Said Dr. Varma.
To see more of the top Google health searches in NYC this season, please click here.