Crypto conference attendees suddenly test positive for COVID-19 after a brief return from Miami. Around 12,000 participants that went to Miami in order to participate in the largest Bitcoin event in history have now started to test positive for COVID-19.
Bitcoin Conference 2021
According to CNBC, Bitcoin 2021 had drawn crypto enthusiasts coming from all around the world to the official Mana Wynwood convention center in Miami's popular arts and entertainment district. The conference took place over three days as goers all packed the crowded auditoriums and even glad-handed and hugged one another.
It was stated to be the very first major conference to take place ever since the start of the pandemic. A lot of attendees even stated that they were relieved to be out among other colleagues trading updates and news.
COVID-19 Protocols During the Conference
There was no mandated mask as well as no proof-of-vaccination requirement for attendees. COVID-19 was only a talking point in the context of just how thrilled the participants were to have arrived at what was supposedly the other side of the pandemic.
This, of course, was until a number of conference participants shared on Twitter that they had suddenly tested positive. A Twitter account @CryptoWhale noted that the crypto event could have been a "super spreader" of the coronavirus.
Conference as the 'Super Spreader'?
Whether or not it was really the conference that was the super spreader still remains to be seen. It is also unclear as to just how many people have actually been affected and whether or not the city of Miami did have any form of contingency plan already in place for these types of outcomes.
The mayor's office did not give an immediate response to a request for comment by CNBC. The conference organizers event told CNBC that all of their attendees were still provided the "current recommendations" coming from the CDC as well as the "State of Florida" and that they had even expressed to the audience that to the people that were either of high risk or had not yet gotten vaccinated, they should consider waiting a year before joining the conference.
COVID-19 in Florida
On Tuesday June 8, 2021, Florida stated that they will no longer be reporting the daily number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities as the general vaccination rate rose and they have started to shift into the "next phase" of the still ongoing pandemic. Florida had also reported an average of about eight new cases for every 100,000 residents over the course of the past week.
This was according to the data provided and compiled by the official Johns Hopkins University. It still shows data far below the pandemic high of a whopping 84 every 100,000 residents.
As of the moment, more news is yet to come as to how far COVID-19 has spread throughout the participants and whether or not it was really the Bitcoin conference to blame.
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Written by Urian B.