Herpella 2019

Ok… This is quite disturbing. You may have heard about the annual music festival called Coachella, where lots of artists show up and perform in front of thousands of people. Well, Coachella was hit with a herpes outbreak. Coachella’s approximate attendance is usually around 100,000-120,000 people per year and runs for six days. According to Newsweek.com, during the first two days 250 people wrote about their STD concerns on an app called HerpAlert. Which is an app where people can fill out a questionnaire about their symptoms, choose a pharmacy if they do have an STD, and get treatment for it. HerpAlert gets about 12 cases a day on average, so you can only imagine how many eyebrows were raised when the Coachella cases started to come in. Since the first two days of Coachella, 1,105 cases were reported.

When I first heard about this story, the number was way higher. The post I saw on social media said there were about 11,000 reported cases. As I did research and saw there was 1,105 cases reported, and coming from a credible source, I was relieved. But, I began to think. Coachella’s attendance is around 100,000 people, and 1,105 cases is a small number. The social media post could’ve been wrong by making a quick glance at the number and not paying attention to where the comma was. But personally, I think 11,000 sounds like a good rough estimate. (WARNING: here comes my theory) Coachella racks up about $700 million overall. Do you think the people in charge of Coachella would want the truth to come out about 11,000 people getting herpes at their event? That would significantly drop the attendance rate for a lucrative event such as this one. If lots of people ended up skipping out on being at Coachella live and watched it via YouTube, then there would be no Coachella.

Link: https://www.newsweek.com/coachella-herpes-outbreak-std-increase-patients-1405857

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