State Street’s Chart of the Week – Media Sentiment towards Global Epidemics

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Media Sentiment towards Global Epidemics

“Roughly one month on from the first mention of the Coronavirus, the intensity of media coverage, according to our measure of media sentiment*, is eight times greater than that for the SARS (2003), Ebola (2014) and ZIKA (2016) viruses following their respective outbreaks. Perhaps reflecting the severity of the virus or stronger measures being taken by the Chinese government to contain it. Either way, one would hope that the increased measures, media coverage, and, in turn, awareness of this epidemic will contribute to a faster reversal.”


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