Enduring Covid concern reflected in NHS web visits

  • Date: 14 February 2023

CORONAVIRUS and Long Covid topped the list of most visited NHS condition-related web pages in 2022, although visits to monkeypox, scarlet fever and chickenpox pages saw sharp increases.

A 2022 top ten list compiled by NHS Digital shows there were 16.3 million visits to pages related to Coronavirus and 4.3 million clicks on Long Covid pages.

High blood pressure was the third most-visited condition (3.8 million views) followed by visits to chickenpox pages (3.7 million) which doubled over the previous year. Visits to scarlet fever pages increased seven-fold to 3 million in 2022.

Monkeypox also saw big increases in 2022 visits (2.1 million) compared to only 35,000 in 2021.

The ten most viewed pages about medical conditions in 2022 were:

  1. Coronavirus (16.3 million)
  2. Long Covid (4.3 million)
  3. High blood pressure (3.8 million)
  4. Chickenpox (3.7 million)
  5. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (3.5 million)
  6. Fever in children (3.4 million)
  7. Scarlet fever (3 million)
  8. Diarrhoea and vomiting (2.9 million)
  9. Tonsillitis (2.8 million)
  10. Rashes in babies and children (2.7 million)

Joe Risk, NHS Digital’s head of delivery for the NHS website, said: “Millions of people used the NHS website in 2022 for the latest Covid information or to book a vaccination, as well as for advice on topics ranging from high blood pressure to diarrhoea and vomiting.

“Providing access to the latest medical advice and making it as easy as possible for people to access is our top priority, to ensure we continue to support and improve health across the country.”

The most popular page on the NHS website in 2022 was the COVID-19 vaccination booking page, with 60 million visits.

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