In this March 17, 2020 photo, Oscar Brun, left, shares his “mate” drink with a work colleague Tomas Bravo at his ironworks shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Brun said one prepares “mate” to share it and be social. Brun, who has lived in Argentina for decades, works with two other men in a small blacksmith shop in Buenos Aires. He continues to share his “bombilla” with one of his colleagues – the small metal tube through which the mate is sipped. The other, on the other hand, is reluctant to do so since the outbreak of the new coronavirus or COVID-19. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Sharing the mate beverage is an old tradition in parts of South America. The new coronavirus is changing that. In Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina, people customarily consume the beverage – made by steeping leaves of the mate plant in hot water – in groups, sharing a metal straw from mouth to mouth. The tradition transcends social classes, is present in the home and workplace, and on hand for just about social occasion. Even soccer superstars such as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have often been seen with a mate gourd in hand. Now, as ...