Top 10 Searched Health Questions in Google in 2016
If there is a year the health sector worldwide has been overly active is 2016. More health questions than ever before have been asked in the advent of a new outbreak of diseases. We have all witnessed panic after the emergence of Zika virus and Dr.Google was right there to provide all the required answers.
Zika virus, cupping and traumatic brain injuries are the leading health questions that the search engine processed this year.
As explained by Google Trends team, “Examining what people search for provides a unique perspective on what they are currently interested in and curious about.”
What are the exact health questions that a bigger percentage of people wanted to find answers to in 2016? Here is a detailed look into the matter.
What is Doping and Cupping?
As the Summer Olympics advanced, numerous questions were raised regarding doping – especially among the Russian athletes. Google Adwords Keyword Planner indicates that “what is doping” was predominantly searched globally.
The World Anti-Doping Agency reports that the Russian athletes have on a larger scale been practising doping. That took major space on this year’s media space.
The cases were so severe that the International Olympic Committee was compelled to compile a panel that would clear Russian athletes for them to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Others were banned.
Kremlin released a statement on the matter, explaining that they would look into the investigation allegations and would keep off “from forming an emotional response to allegations of the ‘state conspiracy.’”
But doping wasn’t the only top issue that emerged out of the Summer Olympics. Cupping took a sizeable amount of time as well. “What is cupping” was frequently search on Google’s giant search engine.
Cupping is an ancient therapeutic practise in which round glass suction cups are warmed and placed on parts of the body that are experiencing muscle soreness. The cups create a partial vacuum, which is believed to relieve pain by stimulating muscles and blood flow.
Some indications of the cups are dark red circular spots such as those spotted on gymnast Alex Naddour and swimmer Michael Phelps during the Olympics. Many were left with the curiosity to Google more about them.
What is Zika Virus?
2016’s most asked health questions tended to revolve around Zika virus as shown by Google Keyword Planner.
The Zika-related questions were asked in various ways forms “What is Zika Virus?” “What are the symptoms of Zika?” “How long does Zika last?”
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which one can contract through bites from an infected mosquito, sex as well as a blood transfusion. It is also transmissible from the expectant mother to the unborn child. It first broke out in Brazil and fears were bound that it may interfere with the Summer Olympics.
Among the symptoms associated with the virus are red eyes, heads smaller than normal in newborns, fever, muscle pain, headache and rash. The Centers for Disease Control explained that if you are planning to get pregnant, you should not visit the areas designated as no-go-zones. For men who just left such regions, they ought to refrain from sex for up to 6 months.
The Areas Affected With Zika Virus Are:
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico, US territory
St. Kitts and Nevis
Sint EustatiusSaint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
The very first case of Zika virus was recorded in 1947 but it was until 2015 that it became more pronounced when over 7,000 cases were reported in Brazil. Soon after that, more cases emerged in the Americas and partly Asia & Africa. People were issued with travel advisory against moving to certain areas in the US, Cape Verde, Singapore, Mexico and some parts of South America.
It was then declared by the World Health Organization in 2016 to be a public health emergency, a label lifted late 2016.
As of December 21st, 4,756 cases have been reported in the US in which 215 were locally acquired while 4,541 were travel-associated.
What is TBI?
The search term “TBI” gained fame after a cell phone video of Keith Lamont Scott being fatally shot by Charlotte police was released in November. His wife is heard in the video screaming, “He has a TBI.”
TBI is an acronym for traumatic brain injury and is in many times associated with combat injuries, sports injuries or physical violence. In the case of Scott, his injury was due to a motorcycle accident making him to occasionally stutter and forget things.
When a TBI happens, some patients show the symptoms. Others remain symptomless until some few weeks or months after the injury. Some of the symptoms to watch out for include: weakness or numbness, slurred speech, seizures, loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, headache inability to wake from sleep or dilated eye pupils.
Top 10 Health Questions for Dr.Google
- What is cupping?
- Can you get pregnant while on your period?
- Is bronchiolitis contagious?
- What is TBI?
- Causes yeast infection?
- What are the symptoms of Zika?
- How to get rid of cold sores fast?
- Is pink-eye contagious?
- How long does Zika last?
- Can you get pregnant on birth control?
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