As the Coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, DC Comics is forced to cancel a few upcoming conventions, including Emerald City Comic Con.
The Coronavirus refers to a collection of RNA viruses that have been found in both mammals and birds, but now a version of it has begun to spread among the human population. Its origins remain a mystery for the most part in its early stages, but early reports of humans being infected first originated in China back in December.
Soon after since then, cases began to spread into and across small sections of America and as a result, different events have been cancelled to take precautions against spreading the disease any more than it already has. Now, Emerald City Comic-Con (among other DC events) have been added to the list of event cancellations.
Emerald City Comic-Con is a convention based in the Seattle, Washington area. Earlier this week, multiple cases of the Coronavirus were confirmed in the area.
An unnamed spokesperson for DC told The Hollywood Reporter that the company’s staffers will not be attending ECC, or any conventions during the month of March as a precaution while monitoring the Coronavirus as it affects those in the United States and to ensure the safety of their employees. This includes both their talent and executives.
“Future convention attendance will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, factoring in the latest information from a variety of organizations, including the CDC, WHO, U.S. State Department and local health agencies.”
In addition, it was announced yesterday that the Mar. 16 premiere event in New York for DC’s next animated feature, Superman: Red Son, has also been cancelled in lieu news about the Coronavirus hitting the area.
The easiest way for the Coronavirus to spread is via an exchange of respiratory fluids (i.e. coughing and sneezing) and so it makes sense as to why so many precautions are being taken with events expected to hold large masses of people. Thus, staff get pulled from these events or the event is cancelled entirely.
Anyone looking for more information on the Coronavirus and how to protect themselves against it can check out the Centers for Disease Control for up to date info.