We’ve Stopped Talking About Covid-19 As A Respiratory Illness

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In late Feb. 2020 as Covid-19 swept across the US, it was described as a respiratory illness, peaking the week of March 15, but in the weeks since, the total mentions of “respiratory” issues has faded to just a dozen a week, as the suite of symptoms has expanded beyond simply being described as a lung illness.

The timeline below shows the number of mentions of the word “respiratory” on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News by week over the past decade using data from the Internet Archive’s Television News Archive processed by the GDELT Project.

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GDELT Project