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What Is a Dry Cough? And More of Google’s Top Trending Health Questions That Weren’t About Coronavirus

What Is a Dry Cough? And More of Google’s Top Trending Health Questions That Weren’t About Coronavirus

What people want answers about when it comes to their health

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people were paying closer attention to their health than ever before in 2020. However, Americans were also turning to Google’s search engine to get answers about many other symptoms and concerns as well. Here are the top trending health questions Americans searched on Google in 2020 that weren’t about COVID-19.

What is shortness of breath?

What is shortness of breath?

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Shortness of breath is a symptom of many health conditions, from allergies to heart problems. But people have been asking Google, “What is shortness of breath?” According to Mayo Clinic, shortness of breath often feels like a tightening in the chest, difficulty breathing, breathlessness or a feeling of suffocation.

What is a dry cough?

What is a dry cough?

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Even though this list doesn’t contain questions pertaining to COVID-19, many people were still turning to Google for clarification on the disease’s symptoms, particularly dry cough. A dry cough is one that is produced without mucus or phlegm. Dry coughs are often caused by asthma, allergies, postnasal drip or a viral infection.

What temperature is considered a fever?

What temperature is considered a fever?

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A fever can be an indicator of illnesses such as a cold or the flu as well as a symptom of more dangerous diseases. And people this year wanted to know “What temperature is considered a fever?” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person has a fever when they have a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees F or greater.

What is a calorie deficit?

What is a calorie deficit?

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As the new year approaches, many people are likely considering making resolutions to eat better, get in shape or lose weight in 2021. That might be why one of the top trending searches on Google about health was “What is a calorie deficit?” For those who are curious, a calorie deficit simply means you consume fewer calories than your body expends in a day.

Is the flu a virus?

Is the flu a virus?

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Before getting their recommended annual flu shot, some people this year headed online to ask a few flu-related questions, including “Is the flu a virus?” According to the CDC, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

Is there a cure for Ebola?

Is there a cure for Ebola?

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While some of the top trending health searches on Google are timeless, common questions, others are based on current events. One of the biggest questions of the year was “Is there a cure for Ebola?” In October 2020, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved the first treatment for the deadly Zaire Ebolavirus, also known as the Ebola virus, infection.

Why do I feel so tired?

Why do I feel so tired?

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2020 has been a difficult year, and many people might be feeling frustrated, exhausted and burnt out, prompting many to search “Why do I feel so tired?” Not enough sleep, an unbalanced diet and a lack of exercise are all likely culprits. However, if you’re feeling chronically fatigued, there could be a few health conditions behind this, including depression, anxiety, diabetes or sleep apnea.

How to get water out of your ear?

How to get water out of your ear?

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Getting water in your ear is a regular occurrence whether you just took a dip in the pool or a nice, long bath for some much-needed “me time.” For those turning to Google for answers, don’t go sticking cotton swabs or cloths into your ears. Simply tilt your head toward the affected ear and pull gently on your earlobe. You can also lie on your side for a few minutes with the affected ear on a towel. Other tricks include blowing warm air from a hairdryer on the lowest setting into your ear canal or using drying hydrogen peroxide ear drops.

How to stop period cramps?

How to stop period cramps?

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Many people experience cramps before and during their periods, and one of the top health-related Google searches is “how to stop period cramps.” Beyond taking over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, other ways to relieve the pain of cramps include rest, exercise, a hot bath, a heating pad and getting on hormonal birth control.

How to boost your immune system?

How to boost your immune system?

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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many people turned to Google for ways to stay as healthy as possible and strengthen their immune systems this year. Beyond getting plenty of sleep, completing a good at-home workout and minimizing stress, one way to keep sickness at bay is to eat these immune-boosting foods.

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