With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, people are racing to Google for answers to see if the popular beer is somehow related.
And we’re happy to let you know (and so is Corona) that it’s not.
The Mexican alcohol beverage has been surging in Google searches this past week, along with search terms “beer virus” (57%) and “corona beer virus” (43%) according to US Google Trends.
Google Trends tweeted on Tuesday that “coronavirus symptoms” had spiked +1,050% this week. The search engine also included top questions on the coronavirus from the past 24 hours which included “what is coronavirus” and “is coronavirus deadly?”
The coronavirus is no laughing matter of course. Authorities in China have confirmed upwards of 5,500 cases of the coronavirus and 131 people have died from the outbreak.
Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is a city of 11 million people and has been placed under quarantine by officials. With outbreak quickly spreading to 13 countries outside of China including 5 cases in the US, there is genuine cause for concern.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, from pneumonia to severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause high fever, kidney failure and death.
The coronavirus has nothing to do with Corona beer. But, some people seem to think so. And it’s safe to assume that you’re probably going to see a whole bunch of memes that may or may not shed light (and a mild sense of humor) on the touchy subject.
Corona and Google were unavailable for comment.
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