During the COVID-19 pandemic, the beer saw some controversy due to its similarity in name to coronaviruses. CNN reported that a survey by 5W Public Relations said that 38% of Americans would not buy Corona "under any circumstances" due to association with the coronavirus outbreak, and another 14% said they would not order a Corona in public. The survey of 737 American beer drinkers over the age of 21 was conducted via phone on February 25 and 26, 2020. The PR firm's news release said the survey was carried out "regarding their opinions about the popular Mexican beer brand, Corona, as a result of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus that's spreading around the world". The question responsible for the 38% statistic did not explicitly mention COVID-19 as a motivation, which might have instead simply indicated a preference for a different brand of beer. Among regular Corona drinkers, only 4% said they planned to stop drinking the brand.
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