Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.An economist and expert on big data penned an op-ed in the New York Times Sunday that said Google search terms may help health officials determine the next coronavirus hot spot.GOOGLE TO LIFT BAN ON CORONAVIRUS-RELATED ADVERTISINGSeth Stephens-Davidowitz, a data scientist, wrote that searches for “I can’t smell” increased in states like Louisiana and New York last week, two of the hardest-hit states in the U.S. It is widely known that the loss of taste and smell is a key indicator of a coronavirus infection.Stephens-Davidowitz pointed out that Ecuadorians are “making more searches related to the loss of smell than any other country in the world.”“Searches for “no puedo oler” (“I can’t smell”) are some 10 times higher per Google search in Ecuador than they are in Spain, even though Ecuador officially reports more than ten times fewer  COVID-19 cases per capita than Spain does,” he wrote.He wrote that he downloaded “state-level Google search data in the previous week for dozens of symptoms” that he obtained from medicinenet.com, and found that the three most common complaints were the loss of smell, fever and chills. But he also noticed that the fourth most


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