Biogen Conference Responsible for 20,000 COVID-19 Infections
Biogen's big conference at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel in February may have contributed to 20,000 COVID-19 infections in the Boston area https://t.co/7P66U6IJMl— Rob Cohen (@Rob_Coh) August 25, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: VT first reported, April 15 on the Biogen Super Spreader Conference
By the end of February the world knew it had something horrible happening. That horrible was novel coronavirus 2019, later to be renamed COVID-19.
As early as January 30, 2020, there were a total of 9,976 cases reported in 21 countries. The first confirmed case in the U.S. was reported on January 20. Biogen held its annual leadership meeting for two days at the end of February and spread coronavirus to countries in Europe who had not yet experienced this virus.
In the U.S. Biogen executives were the first two cases in Indiana and the first known case in Tennessee and six of the earliest cases in North Carolina.
COVID-19 has several genetic strains and the identify of a strain can be used to determine where the virus began and where it has spread. It appears that currently this conference, which could have been held on Zoom, Skype, or even cancelled has been responsible for the spread of COVID-19 to 20,000 individuals (a calculation.) The Biogen conference involved about 175 people from the U.S. and other countries….Carol