From many accounts it looks like Hamvention®'s return post-COVID has been a success, with over 31,000 attending the big event in Xenia.
From many Twitter accounts, however, it looks like COVID may be alive and well in whatever variant that it's currently undertaking.
A search on Twitter using tags "hamvention" and "covid" yield several tweets of Hamvention® attendees that subsequently tested positive for COVID upon their return home.
Most attendees that tested positive are reporting mainly fatigue and cold symptoms. Being an international event, several attendees from outside the US also reported testing positive.
My son VA3LML has tested positive also. I tested negative but haven't felt great. That 4th shot doing its work I'm guessing.— Pierre Fogal (@pierre_fogal) May 27, 2022
It is not known how many of these attendees were vaccinated, boostered, etc.
Yes me too. Tested Covid positive 24 hours after my return to the UK. Struggling to breathe - never felt so ill in all my life.— Allan Duncan (@gm4zuk) May 27, 2022
Outside almost everyone without masks. Inside maybe 1-3% masked. Heard there was a Covid outbreak and some think it started with the contest dinner which was packed.— Peter K8PT (@k8ptpete) May 27, 2022
Some commented they chose to stay home, as they were positive before the event or still uncertain about the possibility of catching the virus.
I was there. Saw several people wearing masks. Not the majority, though.— Robert L. Burns (@rlburns37) May 27, 2022
Never been, but've always wanted to. Usually no money, or time.— Kelvin - n0mql - EN35ld (@kelvin0mql) May 27, 2022
This year, I had plenty of both - could've gone, w/ plenty of cash on hand for the flea market.
But I see nearly everybody behaving as if Covid is over. Not mingling with a crowd of smart, unwise people.