Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana all have confirmed cases now - it's definitely reached our region, it seems. The question is what will it be like by July. We'll just have to wait and see.
I'm wondering if I should go to the Con this year or not. No offense but some of you people have the worst hygiene I've ever seen and it's just nasty.
IF (and this is a huge IF), IF this virus is still a “thing” 5 months or so from now, then we will all have much more to worry about than going to Gen Con, I assure you or have hygiene to think about.
I'm not going to get overly concerned until I start seeing influenza type numbers. Yes its good to be aware and do the simple things but I'm not changing my life yet.
I'm the Bar Manager at a large nightclub here in San Francisco. Firstly. GDC just cancelled, which is crushing for us (The computer games community loves our club, as it is owned by an old-school hacker/developer). A bunch of events were going to happen at our place. My Gm just told me to expect 30% of our dates in the next month to go dark... Now I'm trying to balance shifts amongst my staff, so that everyone can (Hopefully)make their rent. SXSW just cancelled. Sure, both say 'Delayed unto later this year', but yeah... There's talk of the Olympics getting cancelled... Two friends are in prominent metal bans, and their tours are already dropping dates, and one of their sound techs was about to head put with Soul Asylum, but their entire tour is cancelled now. I really want to go to Gencon, as it's my 1 vacation/year. C'Mon Gencon, make that Saving throw!
You mentioned above that the Louvre is closed. It's true. But, it is worth noting that this closure is because of demands by the Louvre staff. At this point, it is not because it is the recommendation of the scientific and medical community.
Fear is our enemy here. I live in a state that has had zero confirmed cases, but hand sanitizer is sold out everywhere.
The public and the media have short attention spans. They may be on to other things by then. (But, even if they are -- Wash your hands. Do it for 20+ seconds. Avoid touching your face unless you have just washed your hands. Get a flu shot.)
Argh, why'd it eat my reply... First off, howdy, other local gamer! Your show is probably fine. They haven't announced it; Info from the sound guy who was told that they were not going to be needed, as too many gigs were cancelling.
Since disease spreads faster in crowed conditions, the most sensible precaution people can take is cancelling their downtown hotel rooms.
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Both Garycon and Adepticon are going on as planned. While not the size of gencon, they do represent the demographic.
Everyday preventive actions from the CDC website Highlighting is by me.