Monday, April 29, 2019

An Homage to Fyre Festival: "No Evidence of Herpes Outbreak or Spike at Coachella"

Today is the second anniversary of the second day of Fyre Festival and while we had hoped—in the style of FF—to have some sepia-tinted flashbacks we don't. Or, in the words of former head of Gazprom Viktor Chernomyrdin:
"We meant to do better, but it came out as always"
So instead we'll visit another music festival.
I'd still like to get to the feral dogs at Fyre, maybe later if the markets don't completely fall apart.

First up, via CBS 11, Toledo OH, April 28:
250 new herpes cases a day reported during Coachella music festival

The local paper, the Riverside CA based Press-Enterprise is vigorously refuting the claims: 
Herpes outbreak at Coachella? Health officials say they haven’t seen evidence of that despite rampant media reports

As is Billboard which seems to be laying the blame on an app gone awry:
If there was a spike in herpes cases following Coachella, Jose Arballo with the Riverside Department of Public Health says his agency has not seen any evidence, despite recent reports that an app designed to diagnose and treat the sexually transmitted infection saw a near tenfold uptick in cases in Southern California during the festival....MORE
HerpAlert had no comment.
And that's all I've got on Coachella this year, unlike 2018's show:
Old People Concert Confirmed: Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who To Play At Coachella Venue

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2018
No contact highs today as the gates open. Current forecast for Indio, CA:
High Wind Warning 
Southwestern California
3 hours ago – National Weather Service
HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON ... West 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Isolated gusts to 70 mph ... Strongest winds this morning ...
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