Fears are mounting that a Bitcoin conference attended by 12,000 people in Miami could become a COVID-19 super-diffuser event after dozens of guests reportedly tested positive for the virus in the days that followed.
One attendee warned on Twitter this week, saying that “everyone” he interacted with at the three-day Bitcoin 2021 event — where guest speakers included Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, boxer Floyd Mayweather and former U.S. Representative Ron Paul — had tested positive. It is not clear how many people he interacted with.
But details and data on positive cases linked to the conference are unclear, and Florida stopped providing daily COVID-19 updates on June 4, the day the convention began.
The last reported number of positive cases in Miami-Dade County was 287, according to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker.
The Miami-Dade County Health Department did not return DailyMail.com’s request for information regarding Friday morning’s conference.
However, social media posts have suggested that a number of people who attended the conference may have become infected.
Fears are mounting that a Bitcoin conference attended by 12,000 people in Miami could become a COVID-19 super-diffuser event after dozens of guests reportedly tested positive for the virus in the days that followed
People were not required to wear masks or show proof of vaccination
One user tweeted an image containing four tweets related to COVID-19 and Bitcoin 2021, saying, “The #Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami was the first major in-person conference since the start of the pandemic. It may have been a “super spread event” as dozens of participants reveal they have tested positive for COVID-19.”
Another user tweeted: “Just tested positive for COVID. Some info if you met me in Miami: I tested negative on the 2nd (anigen) and the 6th (PCR). I had no symptoms until I got home to Sweden ([June] 8-9). I’m not vaccinated.’
A third wrote: ‘Just tested positive for COVID-19. Probably got it at the BTC conference in Miami, but whatever.’
Yet another chimed in: ‘Looks like I’m joining the BTC Miami covid list. It turns out that attending crowded events to talk about number-by-technology increases the chances of getting sick. I wish you all good health and green candles, and if you feel sick get yourself tested this week.’
Larry Cermak, director of research at cryptocurrency news website The Block, tweeted that “everyone” he interacted with during the conference had tested positive, but they hadn’t. Cermak later deleted the tweet.
The Bitcoin 2021 Convention was held in Miami, Florida at the Mana Convention Center in Wynwood, Friday, June 4, 2021
The Bitcoin conference at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami’s arts and entertainment district was the largest Bitcoin event in history and one of the largest since the start of the pandemic.
The CDC has lifted almost all COVID-19 restrictions on fully vaccinated Americans, but most of the country has not, but there were no mask mandates or proof of vaccination to attend.
Florida sits in the middle of the pack in adult vaccination coverage, with 50 percent fully vaccinated and 61 percent partially vaccinated, according to the NYT tracker.
Vaccination rates in Miami-Dade County are between 30 and 30.9 percent, according to the CDC.
While Miami hosted the event, it drew people from across the country and even internationally, making the already difficult task of locating specific outbreaks even more challenging.
As Florida officials and health experts solve the problems, the event raises another problem: how to organize business conferences and vacations, especially on cruises or indoor events.
dr. Scott Gottlieb, a CNBC contributor and former FDA commissioner, said on CNBC that he believes the future structure of conferences will be a hybrid model with “high-value” customers attending a smaller in-person event, while the rest will attend virtually.
“I don’t think the idea of cramming 5,000 people into a conference room or thousands of people into a conference room and trying to get as large an audience as possible is the approach companies will take,” Gottlieb said.
Gottlieb said he’s been to debunked events where “hundreds were not thousands” and people were fully vaccinated.
The Bitcoin event itself was the largest cryto-currency event.
The controversial form of currency has an enthusiastic niche following who say it is beyond the reach of government interference.
Notably absent was Elon Musk, who drew the ire of the Bitcoin community after his tweets supported or rejected the currencies, with his excessive influence driving the value of the alternative payment methods up or down accordingly.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (left) and boxer Floyd Mayweather (right) were among the guest speakers at the Bitcoin event last week
Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss (LR), creators of crypto exchange Gemini Trust Co. on the podium of the Bitcoin 2021