Some of the 12,000 people who flew to Miami last weekend to attend the largest Bitcoin event in history have since tested positive for Covid-19.
It is unclear how many participants were infected.
The Bitcoin 2021 event drew cryptocurrency enthusiasts from around the world to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in the arts and entertainment district of Miami. People crowded into lecture halls and networked during the three-day event. It was the first major conference since the coronavirus pandemic began, and many of the attendees said they were relieved to be among colleagues exchanging messages and updates.
There was no mask requirement and no vaccination certificate was required. Covid-19 was just a topic of conversation in the context of everyone’s excitement about being on the other side of the pandemic.
That is, of course, until some participants went to Twitter to say they tested positive for the coronavirus.
For full disclosure, I attended the show after receiving two doses of the Moderna vaccine this spring. Vaccination isn’t a 100 percent guarantee of immunity, but I’m not showing any symptoms at the moment. Many of my conversations with Uber and Lyft drivers started with a discussion about vaccination together.
It remains to be seen whether the conference will ultimately be billed as a superspreader event.
It is unclear whether the city of Miami had a contingency plan for such an outcome. The mayor’s office and conference organizers did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
On Tuesday, Florida said It will stop reporting daily Covid-19 cases and deaths as vaccinations go up, and it is beginning to shift into the “next phase” of the pandemic. Florida reported an average of eight new cases per 100,000 residents last week, well below its pandemic high of 84 per 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.