But that seemingly obvious fact didn't make it to the many who, as BoingBoing reported, were engaging in another alarming search trend that, at once, reveals both our deepest fears and desires: "Corona beer virus". 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 January 25, but the term was searched a little less often.
People have been predominantly googling the connection between Corona beer and the virus - which has killed more than 130 people in China to date - in Canada and the U.S., Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and Western Europe.
Cambodia and Denmark topped the list of places that saw a surge in searches for "Corona beer virus", the data shows. Searches for the longer "corona beer virus" were highest in South Africa, Portugal and the Netherlands.
Wednesday a plane chartered by the USA government evacuated 201 Americans out of the Chinese city that is at the center of the coronavirus outbreak. The names of the two disparate entities merely share the same origin: the Latin word corōna, which means "garland, crown".
This particular kind of outbreak known as a coronavirus because under a microscope, the viruses have crown-like spikes protruding from their surfaces.
As of Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that the number of confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had climbed to 5,974, surpassing the 5,327 number of people sickened during the SARS outbreak in mainland China from 2002-2003.
This isn't the first homonym involving a disease and a brand.According to The New York Times, during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, sales of the diet candy Ayds dropped approximately 50%.