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We are in the midst of a medical crisis.

The deadly coronavirus that originated in China has infected hundreds of people and is now spreading across the globe at an alarming rate.

Amongst the global panic, people have been trying to figure out exactly where the virus has come from.

There have been many suggestions, but the most recent is perhaps the most hilarious.

Keep scrolling to find out more...

 

Wuhan, China is currently in the middle of a medical crisis.

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The Chinese city with a population of over eleven million citizens is currently on lockdown as authorities investigate the spreading of a deadly disease.

It is known as the coronavirus outbreak...

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Reuters has given a short guide to what it is exactly: "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."

The symptoms can be deadly.

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"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed that 132 people in China have sadly died after contracting the virus, and close to 6,000 people have been infected - and this is now global.

It is notoriously difficult to cure...

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And this is because of the speed in which the virus can mutate. The technicalities read... "The virus blends with its host's DNA, which means it can mutate rapidly."

Things are only getting worse...

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The virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

And the first cases have now been confirmed here in the U.S.

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There are currently sixteen active cases being monitored in Washington DC but, because of the speed of mutation, it has also spread across the nation to California. A young girl is currently hospitalized with the virus and is showing no signs of recovery.

The United Nations may be on the brink of declaring a global outbreak...

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The United Nation's health agency was forced to delay a decision on whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency as they continue to discuss the appropriate solution to the crisis.

Authorities in China have canceled Chinese New Year events because of the lockdown...

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And flights to and from the location have been reduced drastically in order to stop further infection.

And now, everyone is asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

Chinese influencers have been heavily criticized for the consumption of bats...

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And many have been eating the bats whole without properly preparing them.

The finger has also been pointed at reptiles...

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In particular snakes. In similarity to bats, reptiles aren't suitable to eat but a snake soup is also seen as a delicacy in numerous parts of China.

All of these sources seem pretty reliable...

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And let's face it, the virus has more than likely come from a wild animal as that's where a lot of diseases come from.

But a lot of people have all had the same theory about where the virus has come from...

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And the Google search engine has suggested we share our planet with way too many confused people.

Many people believe the virus has been caused by Corona beer.

For those who aren't aware, Corona is a very popular lager produced in Mexico that is drank worldwide.

The top 5 Google searches for coronavirus consisted of...

How it is spread, how to prevent it, how it is caused... and if it is called "corona beer virus."

The name does ring a few bells...

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BoingBoing discovered that in the past few days, there has been a spike in searches for "corona beer virus," because apparently people are under the impression that coronavirus has something to do with Corona beer.

These bizarre searches have mostly come from North America and Western Europe...

And they have cropped up in Australia, India, Japan, Indonesia, and New Zealand.

So just to clarify...

The coronavirus and Corona beer are not related... at all. The only thing they unfortunately share is their name, which is completely irrelevant.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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And Chinese officials have warned that the strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva. Keep tuned for further updates on this global crisis.