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Theory suggests that human behavior has implications for disease spread. We examine the hypothesis that individuals engage in voluntary defensive behavior during an epidemic. We estimate the number of passengers

Theory suggests that human behavior has implications for disease spread. We examine the hypothesis that individuals engage in voluntary defensive behavior during an epidemic. We estimate the number of passengers missing previously purchased flights as a function of concern for swine flu or A/H1N1 influenza using 1.7 million detailed flight records, Google Trends, and the World Health Organization's FluNet data. We estimate that concern over “swine flu,” as measured by Google Trends, accounted for 0.34% of missed flights during the epidemic.

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    • 2013-03-20
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058249
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      1045-3830
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      1939-1560

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    Fenichel, E. P., Kuminoff, N. V., & Chowell, G. (2013). Skip the Trip: Air Travelers' Behavioral Responses to Pandemic Influenza. PLoS ONE, 8(3). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058249

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