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- 🍪 Yankee Candle reviews say COVID's back
🍪 Yankee Candle reviews say COVID's back
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In the oven this week:
🕯 What Yankee candles have to do with COVID
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YANKEE CANDLE REVIEWS SAY COVID'S BACK
It’s like that annoying neighbor you wave at once and now just won't stop coming around.
Welllll, don’t look up cause it’s back.
A professor recently developed a novel way to predict resurgences in COVID cases.
Did he use conventional data sources like hospitalizations?
Nah. That would be too normal.
He used Yankee Candle reviews on Amazon.
Apparently, we can predict COVID surges by looking at the number of 1-star reviews containing, “no smell” (i.e. COVID wiped out the reviewer’s sense of smell).
Why Yankee Candles?
Yankee Candles are super popular, so you get to analyze a large sample size
They have a variety of scents, so you can figure out if whether the effect is specific to a scent or if it holds across scents
The government sucks at giving us real time data, and Amazon reviews roll in a lot faster
For every 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per week, he found that reviews containing “no smell” increased by a quarter of a percentage point in the next week.
Unfortunately, those 1 star no smell reviews are comin' in droves this week:
👀 Yankee Candle reviews indicate that COVID is about surge again
— Dr. Jorge Caballero stands with 🇺🇦 (@DataDrivenMD)
Oct 9, 2022
Guess it’s time to go get that new booster…
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That's all we got for ya this week - see ya next Thursday!!
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