The health industry this year had a boom in the number of head-cracking health questions. For the average person with little or basic health information, the answers could easily be found from Dr. Google.
The top health questions that trended on Google ranged from Zika virus, cupping/dopping to traumatic brain injuries.
“Examining what people search for provides a unique perspective on what they are currently interested in and curious about,” according to the Google Trends team.
So what are the exact health questions that interested the world generally in 2016?
What is Zika Virus?
With Zika virus outbreak happening this year, many sought to learn more about it. Most of the online searchers wanted to know about its symptoms and how long it could last.
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which is transmitted from one person to the other through sexual intercourse, mosquito bites and possibly blood transfusion. The CDC advises that pregnant women should keep off areas designated as no-go-zone. Similarly, couples should refrain from sex for up to 6 months if anyone of them has recently travelled to these areas.
As it stands at the moment, vaccine or medication for the virus is yet to be discovered, even as the World Health Organization declassifies it as a threat to global health.
Among the symptoms you should watch out for include: fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headache, as explained by the CDC.
What is doping?
With the war on doping being taken a notch higher this year, many people wanted what it was all about.
This question only became an interest after swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Alex Naddour during the 2016 Summer Olympics sparked the curiosity of many Google searches this year.
Doping refers to taking drugs in order to enhance athletic performance. The World Anti-Doping Agency reported that Russian athletes recorded wide-scale doping and thus making it to the headlines in 2016.
What is TBI?
Traumatic brain injury is in most cases associated with sports injuries. But TBI made it to the list of top health questions in 2016 after cell phone video of Keith Lamont Scott being fatally shot by Charlotte police was made public. His was heard in the background shouting “He has TBI.”
The victim’s family explained that he suffers from forgetfulness due to an injury caused by a motorcycle accident.
TBI happens after the brain is damaged due to blow or a jolt. The damage can be mild or severe with symptoms appearing immediately or after some days or weeks.
Some of the symptoms to watch out for are loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, headache, dilated eye pupils, numbness or inability to awaken from sleep.
Top 10 health questions for Dr. Google
- What is cupping?
- Can you get pregnant while on your period?
- Is bronchiolitis contagious?
- What is a TBI?
- What causes yeast infection?
- What are the symptoms of Zika?
- How to get rid of cold sores fast?
- How long is pink eye contagious for?
- How long does Zika last?
- Can you get pregnant on birth control?