Some of the 12,000 attendees who flew to Miami last weekend for the biggest bitcoin event in history have begun testing positive for Covid.
Bitcoin 2021 drew crypto enthusiasts from around the world to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami’s arts and entertainment district. For three days, conference guests packed into crowded auditoriums, happy and hugging. It was the first major conference since the pandemic started, and many attendees said they were relieved to be out among colleagues shopping for news and updates.
There was no mask mandate and no evidence of vaccination requirements to participate. Covid was just a talking point in the context of how excited everyone was about to have 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 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 1
Whether the conference will eventually be billed as a super spreader event remains to be seen.
It is unclear how many people have been affected and whether the city of Miami had a contingency plan for this kind of outcome. The mayor’s office and conference organizers did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
On Tuesday, Florida said it will no longer report daily cases of Covid and deaths as vaccinations rise and it begins to shift to the “next phase” of the pandemic. Florida reported an average of eight new cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants over the past week, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, well below its pandemic height of 84 per capita. 100,000.