Google Searches Spike For 'Corona Beer' On The Back Of Coronavirus Outbreak

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In the U.S., Google Trends figures that 57% of those that searched one of those terms in recent days searched for "beer virus", while the remaining 43% looked for "corona beer virus".

As coronavirus continues to spread across countries, hundreds of online users are turning to Google to gather information, and in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity are confusing the deadly new strain of the virus that originated in China with the Mexican beer- Corona Extra.

File this under "things that really shouldn't need to be said, but apparently do": The coronavirus scare now spreading around the world, also known as nCoV, has nothing to do with the world's most popular, mass-produced brand of Mexican lager.

Realeboga Mashiane, a twitter user, threw some light over this epidemic of ignorance by tweeting an image that clearly illustrated the difference between the two coronas. Sadly, many of those google searches are from the state of Washington. The deadly coronavirus that has reportedly taken the lives of more than 170 people was first reported on December 8 in the city of Wuhan, central China. If the only time they've encountered the word "corona" is in reference to the popular cerveza, perhaps they can be forgiven for associating the bug with the beverage.

Wednesday a plane chartered by the US government evacuated 201 Americans out of the Chinese city that is at the center of the coronavirus outbreak.

Medical staff members carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital Wuhan
Medical staff members carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital Wuhan

Meanwhile, a bar in New Zealand has become embroiled in a public controversy after using the tenuous link between the beer and the virus to market a discount deal on Corona Beer. Hence, the virus is referred to as coronavirus.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention describes the coronavirus as a "mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold". Symptoms typically include a fever, cough, trouble breathing, headache and sore throat - similar to the flu. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, consuming MMS can cause "severe vomiting", "acute liver failure" and death, obviously.

Searches for the term "beer virus" were highest in the countries of Serbia, Austria and Ireland, Google reported. So stay safe guys!

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