Con season is upon us and usually this would be a time for joy and celebration but this may not be the case this year. The epidemic spreading world wide known as the Corona Virus or COVID-19, has been wreaking havoc all throughout Asia and is slowly spreading across the globe. Many cities and even entire counties have declared a state of emergency, warning people to be weary of potential flu like symptoms that can have drastic consequences. This virus is starting to affect events where multitudes of people will gather.
Ultra Miami, an enormous EDM festival, has officially announced that they are cancelling their event this year. The risk of spreading the virus increases in scenarios with a high volume of attendees. Now what does this mean for other events such as Anime conventions? If I were to guess, this trend of cancelling events will continue unless the virus is contained. So dont be surpirsed if your favorite convention that you have been looking forward to all year cancels. Bummer? yes. Necessary, also yes. We really havent had an epidemic like this in quite some time, but it isnt a rare occurance either.
In 2009 H1N1 ,another powerful strain of the flu, caused many casualties but was eventually contained. The Swine Flu, SARS and Ebola also came and seemingly went. Will the Corona Virus be contained before it causes more casualties? Is Con season doomed? Lets all hope for the best..In the meantime, wash your hands, avoid big crowds and again WASH YOUR HANDS.