I bolded and underlined "or people who have tested negative" because the accuracy of the testing is not 100%. I don't know the % of false negatives, but even at 1% (I'm sure it is higher) it means there is likely one infected person in a crowd of 300 (assuming a 66% vaccination rate, and the vaccinations are 100% effective). That one unmasked person could infect the other 99 unvaccinated and likely some of the vaccinated.jaybee wrote: ↑Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:04 pmI find myself on the fence for this one. Granted, any gathering of people in an enclosed space is caused for concern and for me personally - I do not think I would be comfortable in that kind of setting.
However: IF (a really big word there). IF they are really following and enforcing their guidelines then the room is full of either vaccinated people (with a possible but fairly small chance of carrying Covid) or people who have tested negative (with a virtually impossible chance of transmitting Covid at that time) then things SHOULD (another big word) be safe. These after all are the guidelines that came out last Spring and made sense to realistically get things moving again. A simple theory: If nobody in the room has Covid then nobody is going to get infected and it should be safe for all. If I knew that these guidelines were being followed and if I was up for an Emmy (Hahahahahaha) then I would probably go.
However #2: I don't think that there is any way that the above conditions were met - no proof of course, just being realistic. All that depends on how tightly things are being checked and how willing those going to the Emmys are to provide the proof needed of vaccine or test status. With a room full of big egos, lots of money and lots of power, some of them will slip through the net if they want to. All it takes are a few of the "I've already had Covid (even though I was never tested)" or the I've got my (fake) vaccine card right here along with a dose of "Do you realize who I am?" types and this changes from a contained safe environment to a tightly packed spreader event.
While the Emmys are a much smaller venue and a much more easily monitored event, these are the same makes-sense guidelines that were put in place last Spring (and promptly ignored by everyone). Which is why we have the shit-show that we have here in September 2021.
As for exposure - Yes, a big PR mistake. Even if it was totally safe there it's sending the wrong message.
Now this is coming from someone who has made it known he is not that concerned with all of these protocols. But if you're going to push the narrative, as you said, the messaging at the Emmys was terrible.