Covid-19 in the news this week
- Swiss drugs regulator approves first bivalent Covid-19 booster
- AstraZeneca gains first approval for Evusheld as COVID-19 treatment
- Metformin, ivermectin, and fluvoxamine do not prevent severe SARS-CoV-2 infection
- FDA authorizes Moderna and Pfizer’s updated COVID-19 booster shots
Net daily sentiment ranged from -41.06 for Remdesivir on Sunday the 28th to 32.37 for Moderna vaccine on Wednesday the 31st.
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. Forgetfulness had the highest overall net sentiment of 9.28. Cancer had the lowest net sentiment this week (-46.3).
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 271 tweets with an strong positive sentiment. The top 10 most frequent medical conditions mentioned within these tweets were (1) Infection, (2) Sickness, (3) Blindness, Blind, (4) Forgetfulness, (5) Coldness, Cold, (6) Inflammation, (7) Cancer, (8) Confused, Confusion, (9) Pneumonia, (10) Poisoning. Of these terms, Inflammation (n=10), Pneumonia (n=8) were not in the top 10 most frequent terms across all tweets.
There were 413 tweets with an strong negative sentiment. The top 10 most frequent medical conditions mentioned within these tweets were (1) Infection, (2) Sickness, (3) Cancer, (4) Flu, (5) Poisoning, (6) Fear, (7) Viral infection, (8) Blindness, Blind, (9) Confused, Confusion, (10) Coldness, Cold. Of these terms, Fear (n=19) 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 “like” within the search for “Ivermectin” had the highest overall weight. When the words are summed for each topic, Ivermectin 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 “guillain” within the search for “Johnson and johnson 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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