Several participants in the Bitcoin 2021 Miami event tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from the conference, leading to a stream of negative media coverage and speculation on social media that it could be a “superproliferation event.”
Bloomberg described Bitcoin in Miami as a “hotspot for the Covid virus,” while Gizmodo said the conference “could be the latest COVID-19 hyperproliferation event.”
Arcane Research chief investment officer Eric Wall was among those who contracted the virus, tweeting on Thursday that he underwent a CT scan after experiencing “high fever” and “chest pain” as medical staff suspected he had a blood clot. in the lungs. No blood clots were found, and Wall was discharged from the hospital and returned home.
Luke Martin of Coinist, a developer of automated trading software, also admitted to testing positive for COVID-19.
At least 12,000 people attended the event, according to CNBC, which did not require proof of vaccination or forced permission to wear a mask. The event lasted for three days at the Mana Winewood Convention Center in Miami, filled with crowded halls, while social distancing was not respected.
The event marked the first major conference in Miami since the pandemic began. According to a New York Times report, queues stood to enter the building “over a mile.”
Miami Mayor and Bitcoin supporter Francis Suarez spoke at the event and was presented on stage as “probably the most irresponsible politician in all of America” and “Mayor Micah Liberty.”
It is estimated in social media reports that the number of visitors and positive tests may be higher than in regular reports. The influential man Weil told his nearly 235,000 Twitter followers that since then “dozens” of conference attendees have tested positive, and he estimates that more than 50,000 people have attended the event.
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A screenshot of a photo retweeted by Bitcoin 2021 organizer Dylan Leclerc, who vehemently rejected the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Immunization Record System, was shared on social media.
Bitcoin 2021 was not the first cryptocurrency conference to go to COVID-19, as Torus Labs co-founder and CEO Zhen Yu Yong urged attendees of the Ethereum Paris Community Conference and ETHLondonUK hackathon in early 2020 to be tested when he was diagnosed. with coronavirus after participating in events.