After Fanfest Attendees Test Positive for COVID, EVE Online Community Helps Each Other

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Reports are coming in of positive COVID-19 tests from participants of EVE onlineis the Fanfest. Fans shared and confirmed their positive tests, letting fellow attendees know they may have been exposed.

Those who must return home to certain countries, such as the United States and Canada, are required to present negative tests before being allowed to do so, which leaves some stuck in Iceland to isolate themselves until that it becomes possible.

With COVID-19 there is of course a risk in attending any public event, especially indoors. However, as most countries remove most public restrictions and requirements such as mask-wearing or proof of vaccines, large-scale events continue to return this year all over the world. Although “con flu” is a familiar thing to many, it’s not usually part of an ongoing pandemic.

The CCP announced months ago that Fanfest would once again become an in-person event in Reykjavik, and originally had stricter security guidelines before withdrawing them as Iceland scrapped those requirements. When the event took place, there was hand sanitizer and advice on keeping personal space. Of course, those who choose to attend and meet with the EVE community was aware of the risk.

It’s not the only recent event related to big in-person games that has resulted in COVID cases. Recently, an Enforcer for PAX East caught the virus at the event and later died. Events like GDC have also seen some cases spread. However, the big events continue and, in the case of Fanfest, EVE online community members help each other.

This does not just extend to announcing that they have tested positive and making contact tracings, but those affected are doing what they can to help others, by advising where to get cheap reliable tests. and figuring out how to stay in Iceland just a little longer than planned. There are others who continue to test positive, and the CCP has approached the outbreak on the EVE Discord, also pointing to resources for things like free testing. Gamers are also using Discord for their endeavors.

Even some CCP developers themselves joined the participants who tested positive.

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