This is a discussion on WPT Tournaments in Asia are affected by the Coronavirus within the online poker forums, in the Poker News and Events section; With the Coronavirus claiming more than 1,600 lives in China alone, governments and organizations around the world are on high alert.
On February 14th, WPT's Danny
The decision to cancel or reschedule events is probably best. You don't want to risk having a super low turnout. And canceling reduces the risk of the spread of the virus.
I hate playing live at a table full of coughing players that look like they were sent to make you sick with their contagion! - I would like to order the pot stickers - a beer - and two teaspoons of cough syrup!
Just for the record - studies have been done and show no transfer of the flu on cards and chips. But aerosolized virus transfer in close proximity is possible.
re: Poker & WPT Tournaments in Asia are affected by the Coronavirus
If they can't find some miracle cure for the disease, it will be a disaster. Not only poker tournaments but all sports events are canceled. A few months from now, the Summer Olympics will be in great jeopardy. Very worrying and scary
The knock on effect is growing and far outside of Asia.
Those who follow the luxury watch industry (a multi-billion dollar industry) will know this past week Baselworld (the Swiss exhibition which features most of the worlds luxury manufacturers) got postponed to January 2021, due to fears of the coronavirus.
...and as a follow up to things Swiss, the Geneva Motor Show (one of the largest in Europe) has now been cancelled - the Swiss Government now banning public gatherings of over 1,000 people as of this past Friday.
If this sounds extreme bear in mind one of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus is next door in Northern Italy...and the coronavirus is thought to have originated and spread from this region to other European countries.
I was raised in a lovely rural part of the southern UK and went to a high school comprising of around 700 kids in total. The first reported case of coronavirus in the area has just been made and is a student at that high school who had recently vacationed in Northern Italy. Schools in the surrounding area are now closing.