Google searches gastrointestinal symptoms COVID-19 hot spots anticipation - A new study has revealed that internet searches about gastrointestinal symptoms predicted an increase in cases of COVID - 19 weeks later, which could be a novel early warning system for hot spots of the pandemic, according to Bloomberg.

In this regard, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (USA) have compared the volume of searches related to symptoms such as loss of taste and appetite or diarrhea with the increase in cases of COVID-19 reported in 15 states of the United States from January 20 to April 20.

Used the tool Google Trends —or trends of Google search, that shows the search terms more popular in the recent past— and concluded that the search volume is correlated to a high degree with the reported cases, 3 or 4 weeks later, in new York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Illinois —all states with a high impact of the disease.

Google Trends charts show how often a search for a particular term is performed in multiple regions of the world and in multiple languages.

The research, which was published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has shown that the same approach used to monitor trends in pandemic H1N1 influenza in 2009 —more than a decade ago— could be applied to coronavirus, according to Bloomberg.

Google searches gastrointestinal symptoms COVID-19 hot spots

And is that, in 2009, Google Flu Trends, The Flu Surveillance Service of the philanthropic arm of Google Inc., tracked swine flu almost as well as surveillance systems maintained by health workers.

Patients with COVID - 19 often report gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea, which was instrumental in conducting the study.

"Our data underscores the importance of gastrointestinal symptoms as a potential precursor to COVID-19 infection and suggests that Google Trends could be a valuable tool for predicting pandemics with gastrointestinal manifestations," wrote Kyle Staller, gastroenterologist and director of the hospital's gastrointestinal motility laboratory, and his colleagues.

Similarly, scientists are testing traces of coronavirus in wastewater to identify where COVID-19 is spreading.

In addition, Google Maps, the mobile map app created by The Mountain View company, is working to display maps with coronavirus cases.

In this sense, Google could soon show in its Google Maps application the areas with the most cases of COVID-19, according to Europa Press.

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"You have no idea": Elon Musk's anger at Bill Gates over the autonomy of electric trucks

The biggest fortunes of the world are also angry, sometimes even with each other, which results in juicy exchanges of statements, crosses of disqualifications in the media or pullas in social networks. And, in the case of controversial Tesla CEO Elon Musk, he never disappoints on his spades with other billionaires or tech executives.

In this case, Musk has not clashed with his old enemy, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is the richest person in the world, but with Number 2 on that list, Microsoft founder Bill Gates. In this way, the founder of Tesla has stirred controversy this weekend by responding harshly to Gates ' criticism of the autonomy of electric vehicles, as reported by CNN.

Musk, who is ultimately the fourth-largest global fortune according to Bloomberg's list of billionaires, has criticized from his Twitter account that Gates "has no idea", in response to a question from a journalist about the article the Microsoft founder wrote in August about the future of electric vehicles, in which he positioned himself in favor of biofuels as a solution to travel long distances.

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For this reason, Gates called for alternatives for heavy transport that must cover long distances, positioning itself in favor of "cheap alternative fuels", with reference, among others, to biofuels, as a viable solution for commercial vehicles. In addition, he recognized the merits of companies such as GM, Ford or Rivian for producing electric vans, but not to mention Tesla's Cybertruck.

However, this is not the first encounter between the two in which we have been year. So, in February, Elon Musk said he was not impressed after meeting with Gates, in response to a statement by the founder of Microsoft announcing that he had bought an electric Porsche Taycan instead of a Tesla.

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