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The event did not involve social separation, mask restrictions, or evidence of immunisation.
Some guests at the Bitcoin 2021 event in Miami last weekend tested positive for Covid-19 after returning home, sparking a surge of negative media coverage and social media speculation that the event may develop into a “super spreader event.”
According to Bloomberg, Miami Bitcoin is a “Covid hot spot” and Gizmodo reports that the conference “May be the latest COVID-19 super spreader event.”
Arcane Research CIO, Eric Wall, was among those to contract the virus, tweeting earlier today that he underwent a CT-scan after suffering from a “high fever” and “chest pains,” with medical staff having suspected he may have a blood clot in his lungs. No blood clot was found, with Wall having been discharged from hospital and returned home.
Luke Martin of automated trading software developer, Coinist, also admitted to testing positive for COVID-19.
According to CNBC, at least 12,000 people attended the event — which did not require proof of vaccination or enforce a mask mandate. The event lasted for three days at Miami’s Mana Wynwood convention center, cramming into crowded auditoriums while social distancing was not enforced.
The meeting was Miami’s first large gathering since the outbreak began. According to the New York Times, queues to enter the skyscraper were “stretching for more than a mile.”
Francis Suarez, the mayor of Miami and a Bitcoin supporter, appeared at the event and was presented on stage as “probably the most irresponsible politician in all of America” and “the mayor of the meccas of freedom.”
The #Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami was the first major in-person conference since the pandemic started.
It may have been a “super spreading event” as dozens of participants reveal they’ve tested positive for COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/jdYnl6PgsR
— Mr. Whale (@CryptoWhale) June 10, 2021
According to social media sources, the number of attendance and positive tests may be larger than reported by mainstream media. Influencer “Mr. Whale” told his nearly 235,000 followers that “dozens” of conference-goers have tested positive since then, estimating that the gathering might have drawn more than 50,000 people.
A snapshot of a graphic reposted by Bitcoin 2021 organiser Dylan LeClair that scathingly condemned the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card system has gone viral on social media.
The organizer of the Bitcoin 2021 cringefest in Miami also retweeted this. pic.twitter.com/D1cImbztoE
— Amy Castor (@ahcastor) June 10, 2021
The Bitcoin 2021 conference was not the first to host Covid-19 transmissions, with TorusLabs co-founder Zhen Yo Yong urging attendees of the Ethereum Community Conference in Paris and the ETHLondon hackathon in early 2020 to get tested after being diagnosed with coronavirus after attending the events.