Letter to the Editor
Iranian Journal of Public Health
Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) Journals Publishing House
School of Business and Law / Graduate Research School
At the time of writing, the number of global con-firmed COVID-19 cases has topped 18.8 million with over 707,000 deaths (1). The Internet plays a pivotal role during this unprecedented pandemic (2,3) in the way that people predominantly use the Internet to contact each other and acquire information due to sweeping stay-at-home orders and strict lockdown restrictions imposed by au-thorities around the world. Health-related mental health issues could lead to spikes in online infor-mation search (4, 5). Therefore, this letter aims to investigate whether the rise of regional COVID cases is correlated with the increase in residents’ online searches of mental health-related infor-mation. An unexpected finding emerged from the analysis.
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