Understanding how the public behaves during a health crisis is very valuable information for public health institutions. We found that during an health crisis setting, the 2009 flu pandemic, certain search trends proxied the population’s anxiety levels and that these were more associated with media reports. We are now expanding these techniques to better understand anxiety and fear spreading.


  • Cláudio Haupt-Vieira


  • Vieira C, “Online behavioral patterns in a health crisis setting”, MSc thesis


Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia


Starting Date: 2017
Ending Date: December 2018
SPAC decided to suspend this project due to ethical concerns