Covid-19 in the news this week
- Hit by COVID, EU population shrinks for second year running, Eurostat says
- EU to recommend 2nd COVID-19 booster for over-60s, top health official says
- Major Israeli study: Elderly’s COVID death slashed by 72% after 4th vaccine
- Hit by COVID-19, EU population shrinks for second year running
- Comirnaty Gets Full FDA Approval for COVID-19 Prevention in Adolescents #dv_covid https://t.co/fHodJZRskx
- Remote Patient Monitoring Linked to Lower COVID-19 Hospitalizations #dv_covid https://t.co/ikhqn3pWfM
- COVID-19 increases the risk for the onset of atrial fibrillation in hospitalized patients | Scientific Reports #dv_covid #covid19 #atrialfibrillation https://t.co/Xx0J5Tt6LT
- Don’t Use Luvox, Colchicine to Fight COVID, WHO Experts Say
- Summary of Product Characteristics for COVID-19 Vaccine Valneva
Net daily sentiment ranged from -39.79 for Remdesivir on Sunday the 10th to 32.52 for Monoclonal antibodies on Sunday the 10th.
The sentiment for each tweet is scored from -1 (most negative) to +1 (most positive) using VADER sentiment analysis. Net sentiment is calculated by summing the sentiment across all tweets for a given day and/or category, then normalizing the score by the number of tweets.
Medical conditions from the MedDRA dictionary
Infection was the most frequently observed medical condition mentioned. Head spinning had the highest overall net sentiment of 59.32. Sickness had the lowest net sentiment this week (-36.74).
MedDra is a standardized medical terminology developed by the International Council for Harmonization Cross-referencing tweets against this list is a starting point for identifying medical conditions mentioned in tweets.
Cross-referencing the MedDRA dictionary by sentiment and topic
There were 172 tweets with an strong positive sentiment. The top 10 most frequent medical conditions mentioned within these tweets were (1) Head spinning, (2) Infection, (3) Sickness, (4) Flu, (5) Cancer, (6) Worry, (7) Fall, (8) Blindness, Blind, (9) Coldness, Cold, (10) Poisoning. Of these terms, Worry (n=8), Fall (n=7) were not in the top 10 most frequent terms across all tweets.
There were 289 tweets with an strong negative sentiment. The top 10 most frequent medical conditions mentioned within these tweets were (1) Sickness, (2) Infection, (3) Flu, (4) Poisoning, (5) Cancer, (6) Blindness, Blind, (7) Coldness, Cold, (8) Fear, (9) Kidney failure, (10) Pain. Of these terms, Fear (n=13), Kidney failure (n=10), Pain (n=8) were not in the top 10 most frequent terms across all tweets.
The 25 most important words within positive tweets (compared to negative and neutral) tweets are shown in the treemap below. The size of each box represents the weighted score of each word. The word “quarter” within the search for “Moderna vaccine” had the highest overall weight. When the words are summed for each topic, Moderna vaccine had the highest overall weight.
The 25 most important words within negative tweets (compared to positive and neutral) tweets are shown in the treemap below. The word “die” within the search for “Pfizer vaccine” had the highest overall weight. When the words are summed for each topic, “Ivermectin” had the highest overall weight within negative tweets.
This analysis of words evaluates the stemmed version of words using the Snowball algorithm. By stemming words, words with similar meaning, such as pain, painful & pained, are grouped together as simply “pain”.
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