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COVID-19 and Psychological Distress—Changes in Internet Searches for Mental Health Issues in New York During the Pandemic

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Article Information

Accepted for Publication: June 9, 2020.

Corresponding Author: Stefan Stijelja, BS, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, CP 8888, Succ Centre-Ville, Montreal H3C 3P8, Canada (stijela.stefan.2@uqam.ca).

Published Online: October 5, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.3271

Author Contributions: Mr Stijelja had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Concept and design: Stijelja.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.

Drafting of the manuscript: Stijelja.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.

Statistical analysis: Stijelja.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Mishara.

Supervision: All authors.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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