Health has been a significant concern for people in 2021. The ongoing Covid pandemic, the emergence of mutated strains of the virus, vaccines targeting the virus, a sudden though apparently limited resurgence of Ebola–all have combined to alarm people.
As a response to this wave of health issues and potential disruptions, people reached out to Twitter to ask, share, and talk about numerous topics related to health.
What types of Covid related topics were trending the most?
It does not come as a surprise that Covid-19 scaled the chart and was the most used keyword in 2021 across the search engines and among social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp.
From #Covidiots to #Covid-19heores and #Covidprecautions, Twitter was stormed by Covid-19 related topics. The hashtags trended continuously for months and included informative, wholesome, sad, and enriching issues related to the virus. Topics about Covid-19 precautions, vaccinations, and news updates were trending the most on Twitter.
More people want to learn and share about vaccines
With Covid-19 making it to the search box of billions of individuals across the globe, Covid-19 vaccines–made available in December of 2020 and released for the pediatric population just recently–also became a top point of interest. People want to learn about vaccines and share information.
While the search frequency is increasing, there is also an increase in the rumors and misleading news making it to the search results. The skepticism around Covid-19 vaccines resulted from the fake information covering infertility, genetic mutation, and risk of life. However, studies repeatedly show that the vaccines cause none of these.
Some of the common questions that people encounter before taking the vaccine are:
“Are the Covid-19 vaccines effective?”
Its effectiveness depends on which you receive, but the highest performing vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna have been found to be 98% effective against the Covid-19 virus and its Delta variants, with superior results in preventing serious disease and hospitalization in the case of breakthrough infections.
“Am I eligible for the vaccine?”
If you are above five years of age, you are eligible for the vaccine. Rare health conditions might impact whether an individual might be eligible to get vaccinated. But few people fall into this category; most people can get their vaccine at a doctor or clinic’s office or even at a local pharmacy.
“Will there be any side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine?”
There are rare and mostly mild side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine. Having a sore arm is a common after-effect that persists for everyone vaccinated–and, indeed, for most vaccinations, whether flu, measles, or Covid. There are rarely more serious side effects, in which case going to an emergency department or your doctor is appropriate.
“I recently recovered from Covid-19. Can I get vaccinated?”
Yes, people who have had Covid-19 can and should get vaccinated. After contracting Covid-19, spend time recovering and isolating. Then get your vaccine. Your doctor will advise you with a timeline that you can follow for getting vaccinated after recovering from Covid-19.
“Is Covid-19 vaccine free of charge in the U.S.?”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that Covid-19 vaccines are free for individuals from 5 years of age and above. No healthcare facility can charge for the vaccine or the services included in administering the doses. They have also requested citizens to be aware of scams and not share their financial or health-related information with any non-government authorized unit.
“Do I need to have U.S. Citizenship to get vaccinated?”
No. In fact, state, tribal and local jurisdictions are not permitted to ask for U.S. citizenship as a requirement for vaccination. As per the CDC’s guidelines, an individual does not need U.S. citizenship to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.
“How do I find a vaccination center for Covid-19 vaccination in the USA?”
You can visit the Vaccines.gov site, the official US government-authorized site, to search for vaccination providers near you. You can enter your zip code or call the helpline number to look for a vaccination center. You can also consult your local pharmacy website to book an appointment or check with your local government agency for updates to find walk-in vaccination sites.
Many ask about vaccine storage.
As the vaccine completed development and was readied for shipping and use, pharmacies, healthcare units, and hospitals arranged to store vaccines in large quantities to fulfill the vaccination needs of the millions of citizens eager to get vaccinated.
The overwhelming demand was met with pretty consistent supply and availability. Still, after manufacturing, the most crucial step was to arrange for the transportation and storage of vaccines. Early–and ongoing–news reports noted that this vaccine requires unique storage requirements to maintain its effectiveness, and people reached out to search engines to find out more.
One of the most searched topics was the novel temperature conditions the vaccine needs during transportation and storage. People became eager to find out more, and according to Dickson Data, vaccine temperature monitoring searches increased as the public sought information.
Covid-19 vaccines require specific cold temperatures storage, and manufacturers and health care facilities want to ensure that conditions during shipping and storage ensure that as the vaccine is administered to millions of people, it remains effective.
How is the temperature monitored for Covid-19 vaccines?
The temperature for Covid-19 vaccines is monitored with the help of automated digital devices called data loggers.
Data loggers have high-quality sensors that monitor and record temperature conditions to ensure a product remains within the right range. Their memory chips record the temperature conditions which can later be retrieved to check the storage history of the vaccines.
Mental health was another trending topic during a pandemic.
Lockdowns, quarantine, death rates, and physical distancing were also terms that made it to the regular vocabulary of the masses. Covid-19 pressed the pause button on the entire world, and many found it hard to cope with the isolation, some of the news about related deaths, and their fear of the virus prior to vaccines becoming available.
In a survey conducted by WHO across 130 countries, it was revealed that over 60% of individuals experienced disruptions to their mental health. Twitter hashtags for mental health in 2021 went up by 153% according to the previously mentioned studies. Many government agencies and healthcare providers developed helplines and teletherapy options to help people address mental health and wellbeing concerns.
Covid-19 has brought a challenging phase for the world, and many people have dealt with the horrible implications of infection from the virus–and it has brutally afflicted the unvaccinated. The pandemic taught us the importance of health and reminded us of our responsibility towards ourselves, our families, and each other in getting vaccinated. As the virus changes, it’s a good idea to keep up with the health-related hashtags. Keep up your search for credible sources that can help add value to your health and the wellbeing of your loved ones.