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More Cypriots turning to internet for health info

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Cyprus had the second highest increase in the number of people looking for health information online among EU member states in the last decade, the latest Eurostat figures show.

“Over the last decade, the share of individuals seeking health information online has risen in the vast majority of the EU member states,” Eurostat reported.

The highest increase in the number of people looking for health information online was recorded in Czechia (+41 percentage points) and Cyprus (+40 percentage ppoints).

According to the report, In the last three months prior to the 2020 survey on the use of ICT in households and by individuals, one in two EU citizens (55 per cent) aged 16-74 reported that they had sought online health information related to injury, disease, nutrition, improving health or similar. This was two percentage points higher than the previous year (53 per cent) and up by 21 pp from 2010 (34 per cent).

In 2020, the highest share was recorded in Finland, where 77 per cent of people aged 16-74 searched online for health-related topics in the last three months prior to the survey, followed by the Netherlands (76 per cent), Denmark (72 per cent) and Germany (70 per cent).

In Cyprus, 61 per cent sought such information online in 2020, slightly down from the year before, when the figure was 69 per cent.

The lowest shares were observed in Romania (28 per cent) and Bulgaria (29 per cent).

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