Coachella in Talks to Move to October Over Coronavirus

by Yah Yah

Following SXSW’s announcement that they would be canceling this month’s festivities, many shifted their focus to Coachella, to see whether the respected festival would be following suit.

The Coachella Valley, Music & Arts Festival, takes place every year in Indio, California — but folks think the coronavirus hysteria may not have ended by then, and are worried that this year’s event may be postponed.

However, it seems that while Coachella may be temporarily delayed, the organizers are reportedly in talks to push the festival back until October.

Rage Against the Machine is slated to headline alongside Travis Scott and Frank Ocean, but the change of dates could potentially also mean a change in headliner.

California has 110 confirmed cases and at least one death. It is the state worst hit by the virus.

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“You’re going to have the same risk just because you’re with a lot of people,” Celine Thum, the chief medical officer at emergency medical services provider Paradocs Worldwide, told Rolling Stone last week. “These hazards are present at every festival.”

Compared to the common flu, coronavirus is still lagging far behind when it comes to the statistics. The CDC has estimated that at least 12,000 people have died from influenza between Oct. 1, 2019, through Feb. 1, 2020.

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They estimate that the number of deaths could be as high as 30,000. Out of the 31 million Americans who came down with the flu over this period, a whopping 210,000 to 370,000 flu sufferers have actually been hospitalized — but these numbers do little to calm the minds of a nation kept on high alert by the mainstream media.

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