TL;DR: Someone created a Google document spreadsheet, listing Ethereum conference attendees’ coronavirus (COVID-19) infections and potential exposure. Names are familiar to the community and enthusiasts, and include co-founder Vitalk Buterin as at least susceptible.
Documenting Ethereum Conference Attendees’ Coronavirus Infections, Exposure
The spreadsheet cites its sources, and includes social media links to statements made by attendees of the Paris, France Ethereum-based conference, EthCC – Ethereum Community Conference, billed as “Largest Annual European Ethereum Gathering,” organized by Ethereum France, and recently held in early March of this year.
As conferences do, EthCC had many offshoots, related gatherings around the main event, and those too are included as ways of possible, potential infection (Gnosis Happy Hour, for example, thus far has the most infected attendees, according to the document). As of publication, some 38 persons are listed by name, with 8 allegedly having tested positive for COVID-19. Columns and cells show everything from whether they’ve been tested, to date of onset, symptoms, and public comments about their last known individual health status.
After finding out about 8 people testing positive at @EthCC_ and with recent cold/flu symptoms (no fever), I called Taiwan CDC about getting tested. It escalated quickly and I was judged high enough risk to be quarantined in hospital for a few days. Test results pending. pic.twitter.com/dO3XlgsDUN
— (@oskarth) March 14, 2020
One of the names listed, Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, is marked as present at one of those related events, Lighthouse, and both conference days proper in Paris. He was said to have revealed in a Telegram chat as having a “mini-fever” on March 6, 2020. According to the Google doc, Buterin has not been tested. Some have openly wondered at the wisdom of such a document, as governments around the world are declaring states of emergency and seeking to forcibly quarantine victims.
It appears the document was compiled after EthCC attendee Zhen Yu Yong, co-founder of Singapore-based decentralized application (dApp) company Torus, revealed he was diagnosed with COVID-19 just days ago. Since then, a steady stream of those who were exposed at the Paris meetups has taken to platforms such as Twitter to confirm their infection; Gnosis itself is sending out updates on those infected, and some are even announcing not contracting COVID-19 though they came in contact with the likes of Yong.
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