A swingers convention in New Orleans turned into a coronavirus superspreader event after 41 people who attended tested positive for COVID-19.
The convention, titled ‘Naughty in N’Awlins’ was held in New Orleans over five days at the start of November. It reportedly attracted 300 people despite the ongoing pandemic for a week of sex.
Naughty Events owner Bob Hannaford said the November’s five-day Naughty in N’awlins had safety protocols in place like mask-wearing, pre-testing, and contact tracing.
But in a blog post, he expressed his regret at hosting the event after learning that at least 41 people had tested positive for the virus. He also said people ‘gave up’ on social distancing and mask-wearing.
‘When we contacted the people that were positive, we asked them several questions to find more potential positive cases and try to find out where the biggest risks took place. In almost every case, they admitted to us that they were super diligent on the first two days (Wed & Thurs) and then they relaxed a little on Friday and then they said “F**k it, it’s our last day” and many admitted that their lax effort on that final day is probably why they ended up positive,’ Hannaford wrote.
He said that he had ‘no idea’ how many people had actually contracted the virus because he only knew of the ones who have come forward.
‘You see, we have no idea how many people got tested after our event, nor if anyone tested positive and didn’t tell us.
‘There could also be people that are positive, but without symptoms, so they never got tested,’ Hannaford wrote.
‘If I could go back in time, I would not produce this event again. Even though most of the 41 positive cases have mostly been asymptomatic or very mild cases.
‘The reason I wouldn’t is that I know of two people who had a tougher time and they were suffering. One of them, a good friend of mine, was hospitalized in serious condition.
‘If I thought for one minute that he or anyone would end up in the hospital, I would certainly not have had our event.
‘It is the first hospitalization I have heard about, but I know it isn’t really the first, it’s just that no one is talking about this,’ he wrote.