Reports of positive COVID-19 tests from attendees are being received EVE Online‘s Fanfest. Fans have shared and confirmed their positive tests, letting other participants know they may have been exposed.
Those scheduled to fly home to some countries like the US and Canada will have to show negative tests before they’re allowed to do so, leaving some stuck in Iceland to be isolated until they can.
Kyonoke Plague!! say I’m a positive person!!
— Max Singularity Space Pope (@MaxSingularity) May 8, 2022
With COVID-19, there is of course a risk involved in attending public events, especially indoors. However, with most countries lifting most public restrictions and requirements such as masking or proof of vaccination, major events are returning around the world this year. While the “con flu” is familiar to many, it is not usually part of an ongoing pandemic.
CCP announced months ago that Fanfest would once again become an in-person event in Reykjavik, and originally had stricter safety guidelines before withdrawing them when Iceland lifted such requirements. When the event took place, there was hand sanitizer and advice to take care of personal space. Of course, those who chose to participate and reunite with them EVE The community knew the risk.
This isn’t the only major event related to on-site gaming that has resulted in COVID cases in recent times. Recently, a PAX East Enforcer contracted the virus at the event and later died. Some cases also spread at events like the GDC. However, major events continue to take place, and in the case of fan fests EVE Online Community members help each other.
The con flu is very sharp this season. We (the two people who dare to wear hats in Iceland) are negative for COVID so far. Test yourself early, ask in the eve discord if you have questions. So far, there have been many solutions for people who cannot fly home#tweetfleet #evefanfest
— Xenontechs (@xenontechs) May 9, 2022
This extends not only to announcing that they have tested positive and doing a little contact tracing, but those affected are doing what they can to help others by pointing out where to get cheap, reliable tests, until they figure out how to stay indoors Iceland just a little bit longer than expected. More tests continue to be positive and CCP has been addressing the outbreak EVE Discord, which also points out resources for things like free trials. Gamers also use Discord for their endeavors.
I got the video but I feel fantastic. So get tested even if you don’t have any symptoms. I knew what I was getting myself into and now I have to figure out how to get food lol. Have a good flight home!#tweetfleet
— CCP IceCream (@ccp_icecream) May 9, 2022
Even some CCP developers themselves have joined the participants who tested positive.
The worst thing is that so many of our friends are testing positive and we’re worried about each and every one of them. Hopefully we’ll all stay calm and get through this together #tweetfleet #EVEOnline
— Rixx Javix (@RixxJavix) May 10, 2022
https://www.mmorpg.com/news/after-fanfest-attendees-test-positive-for-covid-the-eve-online-community-is-helping-one-another-out-2000124989 The EVE Online community is helping each other out after Fanfest attendees tested positive for COVID