Acute anxiety: Internet searches for key words spiked to all-time high early in pandemic

The recent uptick in anxiety-related searches online could help build the case for more targeted mental health interventions, researchers said in a new study released Monday.

(CNN)As the coronavirus pandemic gained traction in the United States, internet searches for key words related to panic attacks and acute anxiety spiked.

Google searches for anxiety symptoms from mid-March to mid-May were the highest they've been in the history of the search engine, according to researchers at the Qualcomm Institute's Center for Data Driven Health at the University of California San Diego.