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    • While everyone is quarantined and waiting for the coronavirus to fade from Nevada, there are questions about whether a convention in Las Vegas is partly to blame for the viruses worldwide spread. 

      The convention is the Consumer Electronics Show.

      This year, it happened over four days in early January and attracted some 170,000 people.

      I just read this and it's not the first article of it's kind, if you do a search: Did CES spread Coronavirus?

      these will be the responses in google

      For those of you who aren't familiar the CES show is the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest in the world for anything and everything electronic based from vacuums to cameras to computers to drones etc.

      It is held in Las Vegas in early January and this year around 200,000 attended from most of the developed countries of the world, including China as a major player in the manufacture of so many electronic goods. Then many will have returned to major manufacturing facilities with multiple employees to start or continue production based on feedback from individual and corporate buyers.

      Food for thought?

      How will conventions like this happen in the future, and as Las Vegas is one of the major destinations for conventions on a weekly basis for just about every business imagainable.

    • I’ve been watching this story for awhile and thinking about how it has changed me. I have long been the anti-germ o phobia guy because I wanted an impressive collection of antibodies and strong immune system. I’m the guy who goes on a trip with 5 kids to Costa Rica and two adults, one of them a doctor, and I end up being the only one who doesn’t get sick.

      And now suddenly I’m a germ o phobe and don’t feel like going to the conferences I’ve always loved. I watched Fauci on TV yesterday say this is the most contagious virus he’s ever seen except for measles.

      Also the people who are getting it and dying is very disturbing.

    • I got an email yesterday that a TED-like conference in my home city scheduled for this summer has been cancelled. Between that and local Meetups being cancelled I do feel a “cocooning” of learning in this environment. And the quality, I think, will suffer as a result of the lack of “hallway conversations” that blossom during these meetups, conferences and conventions.

      My condolences on your missing out on the Stanford-Boston science biannuals. Curious as to what the replacements for such events, at least for the near term, will look like.

    • Yeah, those neuroscience meetings were so amazing! They were founded on the principle that often the best scientific breakthroughs happen during collisions between people in different fields, so there was a collection of neurologists, biochemists, physicists, psychologists, data scientists and AI researchers. The self-organized breakout sessions were f.a.s.c.i.n.a.t.i.n.g!

      The hard thing we faced is both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's have eluded all the top scientists in terms of prevention or treatment for decades, except for electrical stimulation in Parkinson's patients to recover partial mobility. But the simplest of things, diet and exercise, seems extraordinarily effective at prevention, so they only served us brain-healthy foods. It reminds me of where we are with Covid: no vaccines or treatment, don't understand the disease well yet, but we can wear masks. Low tech, olde skool.

    • Definitely a possibility. We're now hearing that the virus may have been in France prior to the outbreak in China, and with so many asymptomatic carriers, who knows how far the virus had spread before everyone was aware of it.

    • with so many asymptomatic carriers,

      I think of it quite often, and wonder how far the lack of symptoms can go, and if there is any symptom at all that's always persistent and consistent.

    • Then again...

      There's this story which popped up in my feed earlier today:

      "The research indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York City through much of the country before the city began setting social distancing limits to stop the growth. That helped to fuel outbreaks in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and as far away as the West Coast.

      The findings are drawn from geneticists’ tracking signature mutations of the virus, travel histories of infected people and models of the outbreak by infectious disease experts."