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Table 2 Chinese social media’s reaction to the early reports of the influenza A(H7N9) outbreak

From: Chinese social media reaction to the MERS-CoV and avian influenza A(H7N9) outbreaks

  2012 Baseline* (mean and s.d.) Peak value on April 5, 2013 Number of s.d. the peak is away from the baseline mean
"禽流感" (Qinliugan, avian flu) only 24.19 (s.d. 30.98) 10,113 326†
"H7N9" only 0.027 (s.d. 0.265) 8,803 33220†
"禽流感" AND "H7N9" 0 14,988 n/a
Total 24.22 (s.d. 30.98) 33,904 1094†
  1. *Baseline data were based on data from January 3 to December 30, 2012. We did not use the data for Jan 1–2, 2012 because of a peak for "禽流感" (Qinliugan, avian flu) on Jan 2, 2012 that was considered as an outlier. That peak was a result of the news released on that day about a patient who died of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, on December 31, 2011 [26]. Unit: per million posts. †p < 0.001. s.d., standard deviation.