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Seattle Comic Con Just Got Postponed Because Coronavirus

Coronavirus just took out the biggest nerd convention in the Northwest. Seattle Comic Con, one of the biggest “cons” in the country, pulled the plug Friday, officially postponing the event which was to start March 12. Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle attracted nearly 100,000 attendees last year. This year, experts warned that the legions…

Seattle Comic Con Just Got Postponed Because Coronavirus

Coronavirus just took out the biggest nerd convention in the Northwest.

Seattle Comic Con, one of the biggest “cons” in the country, pulled the plug Friday, officially postponing the event which was to start March 12.

Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle attracted nearly 100,000 attendees last year. This year, experts warned that the legions of slave Leias, green-haired Jokers, and wizard Alfs could have turned the confab enormous petri dish near the hottest outbreak of coronavirus in the U.S.

The event, which brings in millions of dollars in ticket sales every year, and is a boon to businesses in the area, had been under pressure to postpone or cancel. The organizers resisted for a while and offered to refund attendees tickets if they didn’t feel comfortable attending given the scale of the coronavirus outbreak.

As recently as Thursday eventing, the organizers confirmed to VICE News that they were planning on going forward with the event.

But they caved on Friday, and said the event would be held sometime over the summer.

Some comic con regulars had already started to announce that they’d be pulling out. DC Comics said it wouldn’t be there, and big name nerds like Benjamin Percy, who writes the Wolverine comics series, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola said they wouldn’t make it.

Good idea, said experts on viral disease outbreaks.

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“This thing has huge pandemic potential, meaning that it really could sweep the world and 50% to 70% of the world’s population could be infected within a couple of years,” Jeffrey Shaman, a professor of environmental health at Columbia University told VICE News.

The goal, Shaman says, is to avoid getting into a scenario where hospitals operate over capacity and have to take measures like setting up tents outside to treat patients. That means slowing the spread of the virus, by doing things like avoiding contact with large groups of people.

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