By MARTIN WYLDMANAssociated PressAUGUST 25, 2019 — A new study finds that the number of people who downloaded a movie downloaded by a parasite in the U.S. is nearly twice the amount of people downloading movies downloaded by other types of parasites.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used data from the Internet Archive, which makes publicly available online movies.
They used data for a year from 2013 to 2019 and found that the movie downloading rate for viruses and other types increased by more than 1,000% from a year earlier.
The study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, looked at movies downloaded in the past year in a database that contains thousands of movies.
The Internet Archive data was from a list of millions of movies downloaded every month, from 2013 through 2019.
The number of movies available in the Internet Archives rose from 7,639 in 2013 to 8,812 in 2019.
That’s an increase of more than 30%.
The researchers used a different database to examine the number and types of movies that people downloaded.
They found that movies downloaded over the past five years were up by more at nearly 20%.
The study found that, for all types of viruses, the number downloading increased by nearly 5% over the same five-year period.
That compares to a 10% increase in the number downloaded by any other type of parasite.
The new study, which is the first to compare movie downloading trends over a five- year period, is the most detailed study yet of the viral pandemic.
In addition to finding that people are downloading movies more than they used to, the study also found that more people are watching movies than they were in the year before.
“We are seeing more and more movies,” said senior author Daniela Cattaneo, a UW assistant professor of economics and finance.
“This is really something that is driving the viral surge.”
The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
It will be published in a forthcoming issue of Infection Control and Prevention.
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