TL;DR: An attendee of two European Ethereum conferences announced his having been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), the disease currently capturing world attention. It comes after cryptocurrency enthusiasts and conferences are weighing their meatspace, in-real-life options going forward in the wake of a new reality.
Attendee at Ethereum Conferences Diagnosed With Coronavirus
“I fell ill yesterday and have just been diagnosed with #COVID2019,” Zhen Yu Yong, co-founder of Singapore-based decentralized application (dApp) company Torus, explained. “Everybody who had close contact @EthCC_ or @ETHLondon with me should take extra precautions and/or get tested.” He also revealed having attended US Ethereum conferences in California and Denver just before Paris and London. Yong assured “it’s the doctor’s opinion that ‘it probably came from France,’ there is a lesser chance that it could have been from Stanford Blockchain Conference (@cbrstan) or @EthereumDenver in mid Feb.”
EthCC – Ethereum Community Conference wrapped up only days ago from Paris, France, billing itself as the “largest annual European gathering.” ETH London, the other conference Yong attended, ended a day or so before EthCC, and is “an Ethereum hackathon proudly hosted by ETHGlobal,” according to its website. Neither conference as of publication has made a public statement regarding Yong’s disclosures.
Europe has become a coronavirus concern of late particularly in Italy, where the country was placed on a nationwide travel lockdown over fears of contagion. Meanwhile, debates continue about the wisdom of holding large public gatherings of any kind, as annual parades, election rallies, and rock concerts are being canceled as part of a global containment strategy.
Popular US cryptocurrency conference Bitcoin 2020, based in San Francisco, was scheduled to happen later this month. Recently, organizers alerted this year’s ticket-holders to the conference being postponed, pushed toward Q3 in hopes virus worries settle. Other, lesser-known meetups have proceeded even at the seeming height of world outbreak, however. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its MIT’s Bitcoin Club, for example, were criticized for allowing their expo to go on after health warnings. Massachusetts has since declared a state of emergency in response to coronavirus fears.
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