Considering Diamond just cancelled their big retailer event and E3 has cancelled their June event, I thinks it bodes ill for GenCon!
I agree that Gen Con needs to put up a general information page on this issue. As noted, E3 was just cancelled (along with SXSW and other large events) so the issue (if not the panic) is a valid one.
Yes, I think if you are older and have preexisting issues, You shouldn't be gambling in a smokey casino where the virus is going to thrive.
But people aren't listening to me here. i dont have the mayor's ear either.
I like turtles.
“ I love how people are trying to say it's most deadly among older people - like that makes any difference. I don't care who it is deadly for. It is deadly to humans. “
Actually, and this is still unexplainable even to doctors is that there has actually been virtually ZERO reports of anyone under the age of 11 getting C-19. Google it...
So this statement about being deadly to humans may not be entirely accurate.
I have noted the Emerald City Comicon postponed but Planet Comicon in Kansas City is still on for March 20th-22nd. They also have part of the NCAA Tournament there at the same time if I am not mistaken.
We are going to have to handle this case by case, event by event. Several industries and towns are already in for a wretched year. So if they close the Casinos and shows for the next year how do you see things going for Vegas?
The NCAA will have games without fans. So obviously some entities are taking it seriously and want to protect people.
We have a lot of seniors that love to play slots. They need to heed warnings and stay home.
A virus for the ages, for sure.
Anyone other than me find this very intriguing?
”In China, only 2.4 percent of reported cases were children and only 0.2 percent of reported cases were children who got critically ill, according to the World Health Organization. China has reported no case of a young child dying of the disease covid-19.”
In the US, not a single case of a child under 12 infected.
Things that make you go, hmmmm.
They have finally done it. The Children of the Corn finally perfected their techniques.
Either that or Lord of the Flies prediction is coming true...
The number of confirmed cases is growing exponentially now, doubling every 2-3 days. There are about 1300 in the US right now, up from 700 a couple days ago, and 300 a few days before that.
If that exponential growth continues, there will be millions of cases in the US some time during May, and the infection will have saturated the population some time in June, at which the number of new cases will fall significantly as there are fewer and fewer new people to infect.
Alternatively, perhaps we follow a path like South Korea, which has started to bend the exponential growth curve to be flat. That would require a couple months of fairly draconian steps, like shutting down almost everything.
Either way, there is a chance this is behind us before the end of July. Hopefully the light at the end of the tunnel is visible by the time the go/no-go decision gets made.
I've had a lot of time to think about this over the last few days, not just about Gencon but all the conventions I planned to attend this year. I'm currently off work, not because I've been infected but because close family has been infected with more family members quarantine and that was enough for my own employer to freak out and send me home while they decide how their suppose to respond to this. My own local health board declared me unexposed and safe to return but off I remain.
It doesn't matter what steps you take to prevent the spread of the disease, just being within 6 feet of someone sick is enough to be exposed to it. Here let me quote the CDC itself
"The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
You can learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html
Now I'm a rational person. I understand this virus is going to most likely going to affect large part of the population at some time and that people are going to die and there is little we can do to prevent it from spreading. But that doesn't mean we can't slow the spread down so that we don't overwhelm the healthcare system which will result in more people dying instead of less.
So having thought about it, I've decided the best step I can take to protect the people I love most and those I work with and my community in general I can look at the 2 places I'm most likely to be exposed to the virus (GenCon and Who Yer Con) and go 'maybe not this year.' Maybe next year when I have an extra week of vacation I'll try and add another convention like Origins. Besides I really don't want to be caught somewhere else if a pandemic breaks out.
Odds are some people going to Gencon will be infected. They're not going cause their careless or being defiant. Their going cause they geunually didn't know they were infected until Friday afternoon when their lungs start filling up and their having a hard time breathing and start coughing. At first they will just shrug it off maybe take a few cough drops but come Saturday morning their being rushed to the hospital by their buddies who are trying to find the nearest place on their phone. In the mean time who knows how many people were exposed.
I love going to Gencon, it is the best time of the year for me and one of the few times I can sit down and play a game with my friends without one of us being the GM. But with everything going on its an ordeal I rather not deal with. The odds of me being exposed while there would be very low but the odds of someone going that turns out to be sick is very high. Heck I could be exposed before going and be the one spreading it and I rather not be in a strange place when getting sick. Heck it sounds like my own family been exposed to the coronavirus from someone attending a trade show in another state for work. It hurts to say so but I decided the best course of action for myself is not to go this year.
Edited: Format with quote fixed.
Any speculation before July is premature and basically pointless. See how the Fourth of July events play out, then panic.
After first reporting the March madness will be to empty arenas, the NBA decided to suspend season due to corona virus? A player tested positive earlier today, so at midnight the season is suspended. Never seen anything like this before.
"Baby can you dig your man?"
The NBA just suspended its season.
By the way he's a righteous man
GenCon's statement is needed. Again, for my money, there's no way they can put on an event with 100,000 people in close proximity for 4 days.
Almost 1,000 dead in Italy...