I’ve seen some posts on Facebook and Twitter of Corona (the beer company) making disclaimers that drinking Corona beer will not cause someone to catch the coronavirus. Please note that it is just an unfortunate coincidence and drinking Corona beer will not give you the coronavirus. That being said, I’m not sure if you can even buy Corona beer in Australia.

Coronavirus is actually a group of viruses, but the one in the news today is specifically called 2019-nCoV. There have been a few confirmed cases of the virus in Australia and the world is cracking down on traveling to the infected area. China is putting entire cities under quaranteen to prevent the spread as much as possible.

So how do you get the coronavirus if not from beer? Seirously not from beer. Scientists and health authorities haven’t pinned down the exact method that a person gets infected in the first place—it eas originally thought to have some connection to China’s seafood market, but that was disproven by others who were sick and had not been to the area. However, once one person is infected, it can be transferred to another the same way the cold or flu is transferred (spit, coughing, sneezing, etc.).

Speaking of which, the symptoms of the 2019-nCoV include fever, breathing difficulties, cough, sore throat, and fatigue or tireness. These are rather vague in terms of illnesses, so don’t instantly fret unless you or a loved one has been to the Hubei Province of China or an area that is currently suffering from cases of the virus within 14 days of your symptoms. HOWEVER! Before you go rushing to the doctors, make sure you call ahead of time to alert them of your concerns so they can be prepared and the risk of spreading the virus can be reduced.

So there’s no need for a huge pandemic at the moment, but please familiarize yourself with the symptoms and follow proper hygiene procedures to keep your and your family illness free.

Info: Better Health Victoria: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/novel-coronavirus

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