Organizers of the Consumer Electronics Show announced the popular tech conference will be held ‘both physically in Las Vegas and digitally’ January 2021.
A number of events and conferences have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is still sweeping the US, but the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) appears to be pushing forward with its plans.
The group is set to implement safety measures for next year’s event, including sanitation stations, contactless scans at entry points and on-site medical aid.
The announcement comes just two months after a report surfaced claiming the 2020 conference played a key role in spreading the virus throughout the US.
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Organizers of the Consumer Electronics Show announced the popular tech conference will be ‘both physically in Las Vegas and digitally’ January 2021
‘You can expect to see a wider selection of livestreamed CES content, along with many other engaging digital and virtual opportunities, enabling you to connect with the world’s leading technology innovators, thought leaders and policymakers,’ reads the announcement.
‘We will showcase our exhibitors’ products, technology breakthroughs and ideas to the world, both physically in Las Vegas and digitally.’
CTA explains that they are working ‘closely’ with the Las Vegas communities in order to develop the best practices to keep residents and those attending the conference safe.
The group plans to add sanitizing stations throughout the venue and widen aisles to allow social distancing.
A number of events and conferences have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is still sweeping the US, but the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) appears to be pushing ahead with its plans. The US has more than 1.8 million reported cases as of Wed
Those attending will be asked to wear masks and avoid shaking hands with others, including exhibitors.
Limit touch points will also be setup in the facility including cashless systems and contactless thermal scans at key entry points.
The group also plans to have on-site access to health services and medical aid.
The event had carried on amid the outbreak happening in China, which experts say created ‘an ideal venue for transmission.’
The announcement comes just two months after a report surfaced claiming to have evidence that the 2020 conference played a key role in spreading the virus throughout the US. Michael Webber (pictured) attended CES in Jan. and tested positive for antibodies for Covid-19 in April
Multiple attendees became seriously ill following the days after CES, but were dismissed as have nothing more than the ‘CES flu’ that occurs every year.
What alarmed some experts was that these individuals suffered different symptoms than previous years including fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, pains and body aches – all of which are caused by COVID-19.
A professor who attended the conference came down with a sickness after the event and recently tested positive for the coronavirus – making his case ‘the first clear evidence that the virus was likely circulating at the conference.’
The conference was attended by more than 180,000 people, many of whom were from outside of the US, and more than 100 of the people traveled from Wuhan, China where the coronavirus first began.
The news comes from APM Reports, an investigative news publication, which spoke with one of the attendees who recently tested positive for the coronavirus.
Michael Webber, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, tested positive for antibodies for Covid-19 in April and although CES was held months ago, he had fallen ill shortly after the conference ended.
APM Reports says Webber’s test results are ‘the first clear evidence that the virus was likely circulating at the conference’
Theories that the virus made landfall in the US during CES has been spreading around the web.
But APM Reports says his test results are ‘the first clear evidence that the virus was likely circulating at the conference.’
Webber told the publication that his ‘revelation comes at the same time that public health officials in Northern California, including Silicon Valley, reported three newly confirmed coronavirus deaths.’
He also shared his struggle on Twitter, noting he felt swollen, had body aches, struggled to breath and had a fever for days.
A tweet on January 18 read: ‘I know in my brain I don’t have this virus,’ he wrote. ‘But I spent last week in Las Vegas w/ my boss at #CES2020 w/ 170k people including many from China & we got a weird respiratory cold that made us sick for a week so my paranoid self is convinced that I have this new killer virus.’
Not only did people from China and people from at least 63 other countries attended, but the setup of the event is a breeding ground for disease. Some attendees used Twitter to see if anyone else had fallen severely ill after the event
This post went up a week after CES came to a close and on the same day the first Americans were tested for coronavirus.
Others also shared their misery of an illness.
NrPena wrote: ‘OMG will this #CES2020 #flu/ #cold go away?! 10 days back in #ATX & still coughing.’
‘The timing of CES, which was held January 7 through 10 and its attendees could be create a trail of how the virus spread through Silicon Valley at a time when the US was not aware of its implications,’ said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease expert and professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.
‘As a clinician, it was weird to be in the Bay Area to see Santa Clara County being the hotspot,’ he said.
‘You would think it would be San Francisco because there’s tons of people going into [the airport] and a lot of Chinese population, but I think there has to be something else to this.’
However, Chin-Hong also noted that more research needs to be done in order to link CES to the spreading of the virus.
Not only did people from China and people from at least 63 other countries attend, but the setup of the event is a breeding ground for disease.
Others also shared their misery of an illness. NrPena wrote: ‘OMG will this #CES2020 #flu/ #cold go away?! 10 days back in #ATX & still coughing.
CES organizers told APM Reports that they are not aware of any confirmed cases of the virus from the conference, but many attendees have come forward about being severely ill
Convention halls and casinos are packed with people who are exchanging business cards with anyone and everyone they meet.
This environment does spread an illness every year, which is known as the ‘CES flu.’
But this year’s symptoms seemed to be a little different.
Multiple people who left sick said they experienced fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, aches and pains – all the symptoms reported by those with the coronavirus.
CES organizers told APM Reports that they are not aware of any confirmed cases of the virus from the conference.
They also have not been contacted by any health, government, or corporate officials who suspected someone who attended the conference was exposed to the virus.