“I’ve Suffered Abuse Over My Name” – Corona Newton

Corona Newton has endured jokes about her unusual name for as long as she can remember.

Beer-related nicknames have followed the 49-year-old civil servant since before she was legally able to sup her first pint.

“People used to call me Guinness and Budweiser,” she said. “That I could always laugh off. But this is more frustrating, especially when it gets aggressive.”

Corona lives in Oldham, which currently has the highest number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in England.

Residents of the Greater Manchester town have endured some of the toughest enhanced lockdown measures for weeks.

Corona said no-one takes her seriously when they discover her Christian name, while she cannot book a table or open an account without staff giving her peculiar looks.

“People have said to me ‘as if I’m going to listen to somebody named after a virus’,” she said.

Mum-of-five Corona has even been plagued by “really nasty” cold callers, with people just saying things like: “Is that the virus?”

While driving her daughter to the dentist last week, she picked up a highly abusive phone call from a man who swore at her.

She said: “He screamed down the phone at me ‘what does it feel like to [do] the world over?'”

Her name also leads to awkward situations, like at a recent parents’ evening when a teacher thought her daughter was being rude by saying Corona.