In late January, when cases of coronavirus were rising, Google Trends reported a spike in searches for ‘beer virus’ and ‘corona beer virus.’
Author: Douglas Jones (TEGNA)
No, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is not related to the popular refreshing Mexican beer brand called Corona. But that’s not stopping people from searching Google to apparently try to double check.
Google Trends released data showing that around late January, there was a marked spike in searches for the terms “beer virus” and “corona beer virus.”
Jan. 25 showed the height of the spike in searches for the term “beer virus,” as searches rose to a value of 100 on Google Trends indicating a peak in popularity. For the term “corona beer virus,” it peaked at a value of 81, so searches for that term hit the top of the spike on Jan. 25, but the term was searched a little less often.
Connecticut, Oregon and New York searched the term “corona beer virus” the most. Meanwhile, New Mexico, Nebraska and Kansas were in the top three for opting to keep it simple and search “beer virus” the most out of the two choices.
Worldwide those search terms both hit their peak on Jan. 25 as well according to Google Trends. Searches for the term “beer virus” were highest in the countries of Serbia, Austria and Ireland, Google reported. Searches for the longer “corona beer virus” were highest in South Africa, Portugal and the Netherlands.
The Miami Herald points out that it might be Google itself leading to the mix up. The search term “corona beer virus” has popped up as the second option in the search engine’s predictive search feature when “corona” was typed into the search field, pointing to a possible cause of confusion.
Wednesday a plane chartered by the U.S. government evacuated 201 Americans out of the Chinese city that is at the center of the coronavirus outbreak. The plane arrived at a Southern California military base after everyone on board passed a health screening, the Associated Press reported.
The plane was chartered to carry out diplomats from the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan.
All of the passengers had also been through two health screenings before leaving China and were screened two additional times by the CDC as they transited through their first U.S. stop in Anchorage, Alaska.