Google searches for ‘Corona beer virus’ surge as people confuse the Mexican pale lager with the deadly outbreak that’s killed 133 in China
- People have been confusing the new, deadly coronavirus with Corona beer brewed in Mexico
- Searches for both ‘corona beer’ and ‘corona beer virus’ rose by more than 1,100% over the last week
- ‘Corona beer virus’ was most commonly searched in Hawaii, California and Washington from January 22 to January 29
- Outside of the US, the phrase was most commonly searched in Singapore, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand
- So far, more than 6,000 people worldwide have been infected with the virus and 133 people – all in China – have died.
By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
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Many Americans turning to Google to learn more about the deadly coronavirus spreading from China seem to be getting the infection confused with the Mexican beer Corona Extra.
Searches for both ‘corona beer’ and ‘corona beer virus’ have spiked since the first US cases were confirmed last week.
Over the last week, searches for both terms increased more than 1,100 percent, according to data from Google Trends.
However, it’s likely that the more people have typed ‘corona’, the more Google has auto-completed that search with ‘beer’ or ‘beer virus.’
And to put to rest the question so many have put to Google: No, the deadly virus has nothing to do with a cold brew.
People have been confusing the new, deadly coronavirus with Corona beer with searches for both ‘corona beer’ and ‘corona beer virus’ rising by more than 1,100% over the last week
Just five searches for the ‘term ‘corona beer virus’ took place on January 22 compared to at least 100 searches on January 29.
It was most commonly searched in Hawaii, California and Washington over the past seven days.
Meanwhile, residents of New Mexico, Nebraska and Kansas were the most likely to search for the term ‘beer virus.’
However, it’s not just Americans that have been confused.
GoogleTrends data also shows that, in the past week, Singapore, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand were the countries that searched most often for ‘corona beer virus.’
All of these countries, outside of New Zealand, have confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Corona Extra did not immediately reply to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
The name for the virus comes from the Latin word corōna meaning a crown or a garland.
When the virus is looked at under a microscope, one can see an external structure with tiny crown-like spikes emerging from it.
Searches for ‘corona beer virus’ have spiked from five on January 22 compared to at least 100 searches on January 29 (above)
So far, more than 6,000 people worldwide have been infected with the virus and 133 people – all in China – have died.
As of Wednesday, five cases have been confirmed in the US: Maricopa County, Arizona; Orange County and Los Angeles County, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Snohomish County, Washington.
This is not the first time that a mix-up has occurred with the name of a disease and that of a food/drink.
The AIDS-crisis in the mid-1980s led to an association with Ayds, an appetite-suppressant candy, due to the phonetic similarity of their names.
According to the Associated Press, Ayds sales were down 50 percent by 1988.
Despite a change in the name to Diet Ayds, sales never recovered and the candy was eventually discontinued.