Table 1

Comparison of search frequency pre-COVID-19 and post-Covid-19 lockdown measures, by condition area

CategorySearches per month pre-lockdown* (mean)Searches per month post-lockdown† (mean)Increase (%)Significance‡
COVID41974622.4p<0.01
Musculoskeletal and physiotherapy346832035.5p<0.01
Allergy4451253.1p<0.01
Fitness, diet and weight loss32016631050.8p<0.01
Gastroenterology1292767.6p<0.01
Ears and hearing22152700.0p<0.01
Kidney427632.3p<0.01
Children’s health34211613.6p<0.01
Neurological and neurodevelopmental119698588.3p<0.01
Cancer22131581.1p<0.01
Women’s health27158576.5p<0.01
Respiratory78398510.4p<0.01
Men’s health418487.9p<0.01
Heart31131422.9p<0.01
Dental313399.3p<0.01
Pain and chronic fatigue49191389.6p<0.01
Nose and throat15363.6p<0.01
Mental health7232536350.7p<0.01
Pregnancy48161338.2p<0.01
Eyes and vision1129255.8p<0.01
Diabetes244589241.8p<0.01
Addiction136274201.4p<0.01
Sleep259474183.0p<0.01
Guidance and info211674.3p=0.64
Carer452863.2p=0.14
Combined22568920395N/A
  • *Starts from January 2019 to 23 March 2020 (~15 months).

  • †Starts from 24 March 2020 to the end of December 2020 (~9 months).

  • ‡Significance determined using two-staged Poisson test.