April 27, 2017

Personal and public health searches in Flint increased as evidence of water contamination mounted

Personal and public health searches in Flint increased as evidence of water contamination mounted

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water crisis-related terms for Personal Health or Public Health categories within Flint area

 

Sep 24–25

High blood lead levels detected in Flint children;

Flint issues lead warning

 

Larger

proportion

of searches

Oct 1

Genesee County issues public health emergency

Oct 16

Flint reconnects

to Detroit water

Personal health

Public health

Smaller

proportion

of searches

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

2014

2015

2016

Note: For details on search topic definitions and sampling, see the Methodology.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Google Health API data for Jan. 5, 2014-July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Personal and public health searches in Flint increased as evidence of water contamination mounted

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water crisis-related terms for Personal Health or Public Health categories within Flint area

 

Oct 16

Flint reconnects to Detroit water

Larger

proportion

of searches

Oct 1

Genesee County issues public health emergency

Sep 24–25

High blood lead levels detected in Flint children; Flint issues lead warning

 

Personal health

Public health

Smaller

proportion

of searches

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

2014

2015

2016

Note: For details on search topic definitions and sampling, see the Methodology.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Google Health API data for Jan. 5, 2014-July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Personal and public health searches in Flint increased as evidence of water contamination mounted

 

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water crisis-related terms for Personal Health or Public Health categories within Flint area

 

Larger

proportion

of searches

A

B

C

Personal health

Smaller

proportion

of searches

Public health

2014

2015

2016

Sep 24–25 High blood lead levels detected in Flint children;

Flint issues lead warning

A

Oct 1 Genesee County issues public health emergency

B

Oct 16 Flint reconnects to Detroit water

C

Note: For details on search topic definitions and sampling, see the Methodology.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Google Health API data for Jan. 5, 2014-July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER