Frecuencia y tendencia temporal de búsqueda de fármacos para combatir la COVID-19 en Sudamérica

Angela V. Anaya-Albinagorta, Karla Ximena Balcazar-Aniceto, Estrella Bravo-Verastegui, Vanessa Chuquiruna-Mantilla, Claudia Murga-Mogollon, Daniella Vinelli-Arzubiaga, Christian R. Mejia

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Introduction: A variety of drugs have been used throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but the search trend during the period 2020-2021 is unknown. Objective: To determine the frequency and time trend in the search for drugs to combat COVID-19 in 5 South American countries. Methods: A secondary data analysis study was carried out, obtaining the information through the Google Trends platform, with the search for 4 drugs and 1 substance during the entire period of the pandemic. Descriptive results were obtained. Results: The term "paracetamol" had the highest search trend in April-May in Peru, maintaining high percentages to date in all five countries. For the term "hydroxychloroquine", the search reached 100% on 15 March 2020 in Brazil. For the search term "ivermectin", Peru reached 100% of searches with the appearance of the first case reports, Brazil reached 65% only in the fifth week. In the case of "azithromycin", there was a high search trend in Peru with a peak of 100% in April-May 2020. For "chlorine dioxide", the country with the highest search rate was Argentina, in August 2020 it reached 100%. Conclusions: Some of the drugs had a similar search trend during the beginning of the pandemic, such as paracetamol, but others followed different trends, decreasing in recent months.

Título traducido de la contribuciónFrequency and time trend of drug search for COVID-19 in South America
Idioma originalEspañol
PublicaciónRevista Cubana de Medicina Militar
EstadoIndizado - 1 oct. 2022

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Palabras clave

  • Google Trends, South America
  • coronavirus infections
  • drug therapy
  • therapeutics


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