Several crypto fans who landed in Miami, Florida, last weekend for the biggest bitcoin conference in history, now say they are positive for covid-19.
Larry Chermak, director of research at the Block cryptocurrency bloc, said on Twitter Thursday, although he had not personally tested positive, “everyone” with whom he had stayed in Miami during the three-day Bitcoin 2021 conference. Several alleged screenshots circulating on the platform were revealed by other participants who said they had been testing ever since. positive for the virus. “I seem to be joining Covid’s BTC list in Miami,” cryptocurrency podcast Luke Martin said in an already deleted tweet screenshot shared by Cryptowhale, the pseudonym of a leading cryptocurrency financial analyst.
No wonder the conference is starting to look more and more like a possible super-distributor event, given that 1) there was no mandate or evidence of a vaccination requirement for attendance; 2) about 12,000 people gathered in the congress center; and 3) Florida is one of five countries who has never applied a face mask requirement across the country throughout the pandemic and has been among the first to throw covid-19 restrictions out the window. While part of the event took place outside, attendees were still crowded into auditoriums, private home parties and other network events with an unseen mask, Bloomberg reports.
“Vaccines have been freely available for months in the United States, as long as anyone who wants to be vaccinated can do so during the event,” Bitcoin 2021 organizer BTC Media said in a statement to the store. “We provided the current CDC and Florida recommendations to all present and told our audience that those who are at high risk or have not been vaccinated should consider waiting until next year.”
BTC Media did not immediately answer Gizmodo’s questions about what health precautions, if any, were available last weekend.
The jury still doesn’t know how many people may have been infected with the virus or whether Bitcoin 2021 will eventually be labeled a super distributor. From TuesdayFlorida now reports its cases of covid-19 cases and deaths on a weekly rather than daily basis. The state cited rising vaccination levels to justify the move, adding that Florida was “moving into the next phase” of its pandemic response. Last week’s report has not yet been published. Nationwide, the current seven-day average daily news information is 14,349, which is approximately a 35% decrease compared to the week before, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.