The recent outbreak of the new coronavirus has sparked a lot of fear, concern, as well as many rumors and conspiracy theories. While the internet can be a great tool for sharing information, it can also be used to spread and fuel rumors.
There is still a lot we don’t know about the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that sparked alarm after it began spreading in Wuhan, China, and while it’s thought to have originated at a market with live animals, WebMD says scientists and officials are still not 100-percent sure. This is only one of many, many rumors.
To ensure you’re informed with the most recent and factual information, we’ve compiled a list of the most common myths about the new coronavirus and what the truth is behind them. Let’s take a look…
1. No, It’s Not Related to Corona Beer
That’s right. Some people believe that Corona beer is somehow linked to the recent outbreak of the new coronavirus. While it sounds a little far fetched, there has been a spike in searches on Google for “coronavirus beer.”
Healthline talked to Dr. Gregory Poland, a virus expert and head of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic who said “the term ‘corona’ simply means crown.” Dr. Poland explains that it was given this name because “when you look at the virus through an electron microscope, it has these projections called S-spikes that look kind of crown-like.” It has nothing to do with the beer.