Computex will go ahead as planned, despite the current Swine Flu epidemic.
One of the bad things about trade shows is that every single thing you touch on the has been pawed and mauled by hundreds of people before you. If you’re attending any big show, you have a good chance of coming home ill. Add a global epidemic to the mix and you’ve got huge problems.
Computex takes place in Taipei annually, playing host to hundreds of venders and entertaining thousands of people. The show costs a lot to put on, and makes enough money for it to carry on year after year. That said, the fate of Computex Taipei 2009 has been hanging in the balance amid speculation that the show may be canceled for fear it would accelerate the spread of H1N1.
Digitimes cites show organizers, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TETDC) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA) as saying the show will go on. The TCA said it will prepare a complete quarantine process at Computex to allow visitors to enjoy the exhibition. The organization boasted that the country has an excellent quarantine system, backing up this claim with the fact that the Taiwan has yet to have a single case of Swine Flu. We somehow doubt Taiwan will be H1N1-free by the time Computex wraps up. Fingers crossed, though.
We’re confident the TCA’s process will be pretty thorough but we’d be bringing gallons of hand santizer and rucksacks of masks anyway.