People Think You Get Coronavirus from Corona Beer, Says Google

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In thousands of reportage about coronavirus, there is bad news, there is good news, and then there is this news.

Ever since the novel coronavirus made headlines in December 2019, a number of people have been confused, thinking the disease is somehow related to a popular brand of beer: Corona.

Results on Google Trends show a disturbing number of people have looked up “Corona Beer Virus” and “Beer Virus” since December. On January 25, some 100 people around the world looked up “Beer Virus,” while 88 looked up “Corona Beer Virus”.

The Philippines is among the top countries that searched for the two keywords, placing 13th on the list after the United States and Australia. Meanwhile, memes about Corona Beer and coronavirus are circulating on social media.  

According to Google, searches related to coronavirus have spiked more than a thousand times in January. Below are some of the most searched terms about the disease.

For the sake of people googling “Corona Beer Virus” and “Beer Virus,” we decided to answer some of these questions.

1| What is coronavirus?

It is a family of viruses that includes SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), so called because of the spikes on the surface of the virus, which seems to form a corona or crown. The current novel coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China is a new strain.


2|  Is coronavirus deadly?

The currently spreading novel coronavirus is highly infectious and has killed 170 people as of this writing. Yes, it is deadly.


3|  Where does coronavirus come from?

Not from Corona or beer. Scientists think the novel coronavirus is a strain that jumped from snakes to humans, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Virology. The virus has since mutated to be able to pass from human to human through coughing and sneezing. 



4|  Where does Corona Beer come from?

Corona is produced in Mexico and is the top-selling imported beer in the United States. In the Philippines, Corona is available in groceries and convenience stores nationwide.

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