Some of the 12,000 people who flew to Miami last weekend to attend the biggest Bitcoin event in history have since tested positive for Covid-19.
It is not clear how many participants were infected.
The event, Bitcoin 2021, drew cryptocurrency enthusiasts from around the world to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami’s arts and entertainment district. People packed into auditoriums and were networked during the three-day event. It was the first major conference since the coronavirus pandemic started, and many of those who attended said they were relieved to be out among colleagues shopping for news and updates.
There was no mask mandate and there was no need for vaccination. Covid-1
That is, of course, until some participants 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 100 percent guarantee of immunity, but at the moment I present no symptoms. Many of my conversations with Uber and Lyft drivers started with a mutual discussion about having been vaccinated.
Whether the conference will ultimately be billed as a super-spreader event remains to be seen.
It is unclear whether the city of Miami had a contingency plan for this kind of result. 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 Covid-19 cases 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.