With the coronavirus outbreak, it is expected for people to freak out and question anything that, logically or not, might be connected to the causes of it. For instance, connecting the virus with the Mexican beverage, Corona Extra, because you know, they have the almost exact same name. While on the name thing you’re right, there is absolutely no connection between Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed more than 200 people so far, and Corona beer.
According to Google Trends, a worryingly large number of people have searched for the terms “corona beer virus”, “beer virus” or “beer coronavirus”. This trend started to increase substantially around the world since January 18.
A similar first observation was done by Indy100 last Friday, on the 24th of January.
As the Google Trendings graphs show, form January 18 to January 26, searches for “corona beer virus” jumped 2,300% globally. Searches for “beer virus” jumped 744% in the same period, and searches for “beer coronavirus” jumped 3,233%.
Google Trendings also show the searches by region, with Croatia and Estonia topping the list in searches for “Corona beer virus,” Latvia and Portugal with “beer virus”, and Hong Kong and Taiwan topped the list on searching for “beer coronavirus”.
While the numbers are disturbingly striking, it is important to emphasize that Google’s search engine is programmed to auto-suggest terms based on popular terms. So, when you search for coronavirus, the terms “beer coronavirus” or “beer virus” might pop out.
The first case of death by the virus was reported on December 08, 2019, in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and with its spread, it has received widespread media coverage this month.
Ever since then, Wuhan and several other Chinese cities have since been quarantined. With over 200 deaths so far and more than 9,700 reported cases of infection, the virus has also spread across 18 other countries, including the US.
While we already emphasized that there is no connection between the virus itself with the Corona beer, despite a large number of people mistaking one for another, the sales of Corona Extra have not declined, as a Twitter user named Joonas Tuhkur shows in a post.
Corona Beer’s parent company stock has not declined in response to Corona Virus. pic.twitter.com/F7slJJTYm7
— Joonas Tuhkuri (@joonastuhkuri) January 28, 2020
“We believe, by and large, that consumers understand there’s no linkage between the virus and our business,” Maggie Bowman, a representative for Corona’s producer Constellation Brands, told Business Insider on Wednesday.
Also, the company itself on an Instagram post made it clear that their beverage has nothing to do with the deadly virus.
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So, to put these curious minds at peace: the only thing the coronavirus and the Corona beer have in common is the origin of their shared names, which come from the Latin word “corona” meaning ‘crown’ (which you can notice on the Corona beer slogan). That’s it! Nada más, as they’d say in Mexico.
Oh, and as for the virus, it also got the name “coronavirus” because of the crown-like spikes on its surface.
To make this whole disturbing situation a bit more soothing, we’re ending this post with a little joke. Stay safe, pals!
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