Population-level interest in anti-rheumatic drugs in the COVID-19 era: insights from Google Trends

Kardes S. , Kuzu A. S. , Pakhchanian H., Raiker R., Karagulle M.

CLINICAL RHEUMATOLOGY, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10067-020-05490-w
  • Title of Journal : CLINICAL RHEUMATOLOGY


Introduction/objective The general public may utilize online information through search engines for implications and risks of some anti-rheumatic drugs. These drugs have been used in the management of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and associated inflammatory sequelae or cytokine storm of infection. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the population-level interest in anti-rheumatic drugs during the COVID-19 era, by analyzing changes in Google search frequency data.