On Tuesday, the GoogleTrends Twitter account revealed that the number of searches for "coronavirus symptom" rose by a whopping 1,050% when compared to the week before.
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With an increasing number of reports about the Coronavirus outbreak in China, several people have turned to Google to know more about it. On Tuesday, the GoogleTrends Twitter account revealed that the number of searches for "coronavirus symptom" rose by a whopping 1,050% when compared to the week before. This list also mentioned the top five searches, including "how to prevent coronavirus" and "how does coronavirus spread." However, among many of these concerned netizens were some who happened to be very confused about what coronavirus is and that it has nothing to do with the popular beer company.
According to BoingBoing, a sudden spike has been observed in searches for "corona beer virus." A growing number of people have assumed that coronavirus, also known as nCoV, has something to do with Corona, a brand of beer. Apart from hangovers and the guilt of waking up next to a stranger in bed, the beer doesn't have anything that could possibly lead to the contagious virus. Apparently, countries such as North America (excluding Mexico, because the beer is made here, duh!), Western Europe, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, India, and New Zealand are the ones where these searches have been noted to be prevalent.
Do not be confused...know your Coronas.— Realeboga Mashiane®🇿🇦 (@Toscallo) 22 January 2020
Corona the beer vs. Corona the flu virus. pic.twitter.com/4wFMiz0pA1
'While the only similarity between the two is pretty obvious, we would still like to point it out. The origin of their names is the only thing that Corona beer and nCoV have in common. According to the Merriam-webster dictionary, the Latin word corōna meant crown and it still translates to crown in modern Spanish, Catalan, and Italian. If you have ever peeled off the label from a Corona Light bottle (which I'm sure you have) you might have noticed a royal crown placed right on top of their "La Cerveza Mas Fina" slogan. So, this explains why it has the name. As for the virus, it has crown-like spikes on its surface, say reports.
While the first Corona was brewed and came into existence in 1925, the human coronaviruses were not even identified until 1965. Hoping to clear the misconception between the respiratory virus and the beer, the company (i.e. Corona, the drink) also posted a tweet. Enumerating the symptoms of the disease, they hilariously explained that all Corona beer does is makes you gag or crave munchies from Taco Bell. This piece of misinformation is not even the dumbest one that is making the round of the internet. The conspiracy purveyors at QAnon are suggesting drinking bleach to protect oneself from the virus.
With the help of tweets and videos, they have spread the word and urged their followers to purchase and drink products such as Miracle Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, or simply MMS. "I’m going to have to get home, and MMS the whole state," said QAnon promoter Jordan Sather, reports The Daily Beast. This comes right after the FDA issued a warning against drinking MMS and other drinks that contains chlorine dioxide and sodium chlorite, last summer. "The FDA has received reports of consumers who have suffered from severe vomiting, severe diarrhea, life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration, and acute liver failure after drinking these products," reported the agency.