Some of the attendees who attended the Bitcoin 2021 event in Miami last weekend tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from the conference, leading to a wave of negative media coverage and speculation on the networks. social events that could turn into a “super broadcast event”. “
Bloomberg called Miami Bitcoin a “Covid hotspot” while Gizmodo reported the conference “May be the latest COVID-19 super spreader event”.
Arcane Research CIO Eric Wall was among those who contracted the virus, Tweeter Earlier in the day, he had a CT scan after suffering from a “high fever” and “chest pain” as medical staff suspected he may have a blood clot in his lungs. No blood clot was found as Wall was released from the hospital and returned home.
Luke Martin of automated trading software developer, Coinist, also admitted test positive for COVID-19.
According to TUSEN, at least 12,000 people attended the event – which did not require proof of vaccination or a mask requirement. The event lasted for three days at Miami’s Mana Wynwood Convention Center, crowding into crowded auditoriums as social distancing was not enforced.
The event was Miami’s first major conference since the start of the pandemic. According to a New York Times report, the lines to enter the building “stretched for over a mile.”
Miami Mayor and Bitcoin promoter Francis Suarez spoke at the event and was introduced on stage as “possibly the most irresponsible politician in all of America” and “the mayor of Mecca of the freedom”.
Here are some pictures of the #Bitcoin Conference.
With over 50,000 visitors estimated over 2 days, hardly anyone was seen wearing a mask.
As of yet, it is not known exactly how many people have been exposed. I will be sure to post more updates! pic.twitter.com/QeVj0tJYEZ
– Mr. Whale (@CryptoWhale) June 10, 2021
Social media reports have estimated the number of participants and positive tests may be higher than traditional reports. Influencer “Mr. Whale” told his approximately 235,000 subscribers that “dozens” of conference attendees have since tested positive, estimating that the event could have seen more than 50,000 attendees.
A screenshot of an image retweeted by Bitcoin 2021 organizer Dylan LeClair who scathingly rejected the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Covid-19 vaccination card system. United circulated on social networks.
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– Keith Erskine (@kerskine) June 10, 2021
Bitcoin 2021 was not the first crypto conference to host Covid-19 transmissions, with TorusLabs co-founder Zhen Yo Yong urging attendees at the Ethereum community conference in Paris and the ETHLondon hackathon in early 2020 to be get tested when diagnosed with coronavirus after participating in the events.