Let’s start by answering the question – NO, you cannot get coronavirus from drinking Corona Extra. Or Corona Light. Or indeed any other beer.
Coronavirus is a respiratory illness. It has quite literally nothing to do with Corona beer, other than the fact they share similar names.
“Corona” is the latin word for ‘crown’. It’s also Spanish for ‘crown’ and Corona is a mexican beer. The coronavirus is somewhat crown shaped if you look at it under a microscope. You might’ve also noticed that there’s a crown on your Corona beer bottle, too. So the only thing the virus and the beer really have in common is etymology.
This hasn’t stopped people searching for clarification if there is a link between the two. Since the coronavirus outbreak, there has been a massive spike in people searching Google for “corona beer virus” and “corona beer” in general, as seen from Google Trends.
The regions with the most noted increase in searches for “corona beer virus” in particular are Estonia, Singapore and China.
Searches for “corona beer” also spiked, with roughly twenty times the number of queries for the term compared to the weeks and months prior to the outbreak of the virus.
Corona Extra are not worried, however, telling BusinessInsider they trust customers not to link its beer to the deadly Wuhan coronavirus in China.
So now you know, the beer is nothing to do with the virus – and if you hear anyone asking the question, you can tell them the only thing they share in common is that “Corona” = “Crown”.