The Sundance Film Festival may have been a contributing factor to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, according to a new report by The Hollywood Reporter.
The iconic film festival that sees over 150,000 attendees each year in Parkland, Utah and if the report is to be true, it may have made the pandemic worse. The report featured testimonies from festival regulars to one anonymous high-profile actor who all exhibited COVID-19 symptoms. One of the people interviewed for the report, actress Ashy Jackson, revealed that herself and multiple people around her were suffering from a mysterious illness, “[We jokingly called it] ‘Sundance Plague’… We all had the same symptoms, all had the cough, all had trouble breathing at night..Some of us got humidifiers and some got oxygen.” Jackson said that she fully recovered after 3 weeks, making the likelihood of it being the virus higher.
Her claims line up with the timeline of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States with the festival kicking off two days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the nation’s first cases of the disease in early February 2020. The festival featured films from over 27 countries and with the majority of infected people being asymptomatic, the likelihood that the festival helped spread the virus both in America and abroad is that much more certain.