Some of the 12,000 visitors who flew to Miami last weekend for the largest Bitcoin event in history have tested positive for Covid.
Bitcoin 2021 has attracted crypto enthusiasts from around the world to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami’s Arts and Entertainment District. For three days, the conference participants gathered in crowded auditoriums, happily hugging. It was the first major conference since the start of the pandemic, and many attendees said they were relieved to find themselves among colleagues trading news and updates.
There was no mask prescription and no proof of vaccination required to attend. Covid was just a topic of conversation in the context of how excited everyone was to find themselves on the other side of the pandemic.
This is, of course, until some of the conference attendees took to Twitter to say they tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a spirit of full disclosure, I attended the exhibit after receiving two doses of Moderna vaccine this spring. Vaccination is not a 100% guarantee of immunity, but at the moment I have no symptoms. Many of my conversations with Uber and Lyft drivers began with a mutual discussion of vaccinations.
Whether the conference will ultimately be heralded as a superproliferation event remains to be seen.
It is unclear how many people were affected and whether the city of Miami had a contingency plan. The city hall and conference organizers did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Florida said Tuesday it will no longer report daily Covid cases and deaths as vaccinations rise and is starting to move into the “next phase” of the pandemic. Florida has reported an average of eight new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, well below the pandemic peak (84 per 100,000).