A MUM named Corona has revealed she gets bombarded with nasty calls from people asking “is that the virus?”
Corona Newton, 49, from Oldham – England's worst-hit Covid-19 hotspot – receives calls from strangers asking “how it feels infecting the whole world”.
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Other people simply shout abuse at the mum-of-five and then hang up.
She said: “I have had some nasty calls, unknown numbers call me and ask me how it feels infecting the whole world, I don’t even know where they get my number from.
“People call me, shout at me and then hang up, it’s really strange.
“My name has no connection to the virus, I just got a bit unlucky when they gave it an official name.”
Corona, a civil servant, first realised she was in for a rough ride when she first went to buy some clothes.
She asked for an email receipt and watched as staff cried with laughter when they saw her name.
Corona then went to a parents evening with her daughter, and watched a teacher almost run out of the building when she was introduced to him because he thought she had the deadly virus.
Booking tables at restaurants, answering the phone, receiving mail and giving details have not quite been the same this year because everyone that calls her, or receives a call from her, thinks they are being pranked.
She is now shedding light on what life is like when you have the same name as the virus on the end of everyone’s lips.
I have had some nasty calls, unknown numbers call me and ask me how it feels infecting the whole world, I don’t even know where they get my number from."
She said: “It started when I went to a shop to buy some clothes, I told them my name and they fell over laughing.
“That’s when I realised what I was in for.
“It got worse over the next few months, I went to a parents evening with my daughter and she introduced me to her teacher, which is when her teacher went white and started backing up.
“I used to always tell people I was named after the beer, or was a sponsor for them, but now it’s a different game.
“I can’t really book tables at restaurants because they never believe me when I tell them my name, they always think it’s a prank.
“We have just been seeing the funny side of it, although it does get quite tiring sometimes if I’m trying to pay a bill or sign my name.
“I take it in my stride, my daughter has a right laugh about it because she calls me Corona now and not mum, and then tells her friends what my name is.
“Nobody ever believes me at first when I tell them, I went out for a bridal shower and when I arrived at the restaurant the staff openly told me how funny they think my name is.
“They even admitted they kept emailing me because they were worried they received a false booking.
“At the end of the day, if it gives someone a laugh these days then I can accept it, we all have a lot of fun with it so other people can too.”
Now, her five children can’t stop introducing her to people and enjoy watching people curl up when they misunderstand their mum’s name.
Corona, said: “My daughter thinks it’s hilarious, she can’t get enough of telling people my name.”
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