Skip to comments.Was Sundance a "First Petri Dish" of Coronavirus in the States?
Posted on 05/07/2020 6:27:49 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
A swath of attendees suffered harsh flu-like symptoms, leading a microbiologist to question whether the January festival was "the perfect formula to contaminate everybody."
On Jan. 27, actress Ashley Jackson felt the first symptoms of a nasty bug fever, clammy skin, fatigue and shortness of breath. Given her current locale Park City she chalked it up to altitude sickness and toughed out her final day at the Sundance Film Festival, where she had attended the world premiere of Blast Beat, a family drama in which she co-stars, as well as a dizzying array of parties and lounges. The next day, the 20-year-old college student flew home to Atlanta, just as more intense symptoms began to emerge, including sore throat, aches and pains and a cough so violent, her neck swelled. Within 24 hours, she made her first of multiple visits to an urgent care facility or emergency room and was diagnosed with the flu based on her condition (though no flu test was given at the time).
Like many who make the annual trek to the indie film mecca, Jackson left Sundance far worse off than when she entered. After all, the quaint mountain oasis transforms into a petri dish as some 120,000 festival-goers from around the world huddle in crowded movie theaters during cold and flu season. In recent years, the festival's organizers have placed an emphasis on attracting international filmmakers, and this year was no exception, with a lineup of 118 feature-length films representing 27 countries.
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Bobby Redford released the vials backstage.
If enough regular plebes die, the West would be his and his fellow elite’s massive playground.
OK, even if he didn’t actually do that, I’d bet he secretly welcomes it.
Celebrities: They did it first. Had it harder. And did it better.
Oh. And they can’t wait to tell you about it.
And dictate how to live our lives.
could be Italy strain
Are you sure the symptoms weren’t just a reaction to the sucky films?
I was there 3 times in the last 12 years. The way it works is that the higher up you are in the studio hierarchy, the bigger the price to pay to make me watch your stupid film, if you catch my drift.
No... that was CES, the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show. There were a bunch of Chinese from Wuhan there.
I had a dry hack and felt sick for a couple weeks after going to the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show 1st week of a February.
A young Chinese guy was infatuated with my youngest daughter and followed us everywhere. Bought meals, beers and gave gifts.
The show had hundreds of booths from all over the world .... many from China.
Id get tested if I could
The Chinese own AMC theater chain and have lots of other movie investments. I imagine there were a lot of Wuhanians in Park City.
Didn’t see a mention whether there were any Sundance attendees from China. Surprising omission, but not really.
Isn’t it iconic (and well past the ironic stage!) that the “highest elite” snobs of Hollywood and the East Coast uber-liberal internationalist set are the first to get infected by a virus released to the public from a Chinese wet market where animals are is slaughtered and the entrails dumped in the streets and uncleaned tables in a Chinese city.
But we must not discriminate, right? The virus is Trump’s fault, because it is concentrated in the liberal fortresses and bastions on the deeply corrupt east coast, hurting the elderly and poor and minorities hardest. (/CNN this mornign)
Sounds about right.
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