As more and more details emerge about the coronavirus, more and more people are taking to Google to learn more about this very serious public health emergency. There’s just one problem: A lot of people seem to think the virus has something to do with Corona Beer.
Google Trends saw an increase in the search terms “corona beer virus,” “beer virus” and “beer coronavirus.” The most popular of those terms was “beer coronavirus,” whose searches went up 3,233% globally between January 18 and January 26.
Of course, even though these findings are quite humorous, the coronavirus is no laughing matter. Per The New York Times, more than 7,711 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, and so far 170 people have died. The virus has also led to thousands of people being trapped on a cruise ship docked in Italy due to someone on board potentially being infected with the coronavirus. The World Health Organization is meeting today (January 30) to determine whether the virus will be considered a “global emergency.”