Bitcoin 2021 Participants Report Covid Cases After Returning From Miami
Some of the 12,000 attendees who traveled to Miami last weekend for the biggest bitcoin event in history have started testing positive for Covid.
Bitcoin 2021 has drawn crypto enthusiasts from around the world to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami’s Arts and Entertainment District. For three days, conference attendees crowded into crowded auditoriums with joyous and entwined hands. It was the first major conference since the start of the pandemic, and many attendees said they were relieved to be among their colleagues to exchange news and updates.
There was no mask warrant and no proof of vaccination required to attend. Covid was just a talking point against the backdrop of everyone’s joy at having arrived on the other side of the pandemic.
That is, of course, until some conference attendees took to Twitter to say they had tested positive for the coronavirus.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I attended the show after receiving two doses of the Moderna vaccine this spring. A vaccination is not a guarantee of 100% immunity, but at the moment I have no symptoms. Many of my conversations with Uber and Lyft drivers started with a mutual discussion about being vaccinated.
Whether the conference will ultimately be billed as a super spreader event remains to be seen.
It is not known how many people were affected and if the city of Miami had an emergency plan in place for this kind of result. The mayor’s office and conference organizers did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Tuesday, Florida said it will no longer report Covid cases and deaths on a daily basis as vaccinations increase and it begins to move into the “next phase” of the pandemic. Florida has reported an average of eight new cases per 100,000 population over the past week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, well below its pandemic peak of 84 per 100,000.