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CES 2022 is just a couple of weeks away, but as it approaches, companies and tech publications have started pulling out due to concerns over Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant. A few high-profile tech companies, including Amazon and Meta, have already withdrawn from the show. T-Mobile will also significantly reduce its presence, and its CEO has wholly backed out from presenting a keynote.

That said, many companies expected to attend have yet to announce any changes in their plans.

Given how CES is expected to return in full force and the event is only weeks away, do you think CES should just be canceled in order to keep prospective attendees safe?

CES is one of the major annual tech trade shows where companies show off their latest consumer products. While the show isn't too focused on smartphones, companies tend to launch other devices such as the best Android TVs. There's also bound to be a lot of concept models, like TCL's rollable display tech they showed off last year.

However, with more companies withdrawing from the show, it's starting to look a lot like CES 2021, which was a virtual affair due to the growing concerns about Covid. And with it back on the rise, it could very well be the case this time around.

That said, the organizers have put various health protocols in place in order to help protect the expected 2100 exhibitors. That includes requiring proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, masks to be worn indoors, and social distancing. Organizers have also set up on-site testing, wider aisles for walking around the venue, improved ventilation, sanitation stations, and more.

It's not looking good for CES, which can only make us wonder about the upcoming MWC 2022, which is also expected to return for an in-person event in February, along with IFA later in the year.

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

3 Comments
  • If you had asked me this last year, my answer would have been a definitive yes. But today, given that the direction thid pandemic takes is influenced by the behavior of the population as a whole, I've come to the conclusion that we have to adapt to a way of living with this pandemic for a while. Thus, since we have vaccines, they can work effectively with common sense practices like social distancing measures and mask wearing to put on a good show.
  • What kind of stupid poll answers are these? It should be either Yes or No. Not the fear mongering "No but it should be" or No but go virtual"…! I want an option to say "No, live life, if you're scared to go, then stay home" Not these crap ootions that are basically saying stay away and shut down! regardless what answer is picked. Come on folks, this variant is not to be feared. Even South Africa cases are dwindling quickly. Stop living in fear.
  • Agreed but unfortunately the government and news media have hyped up omicron to the point that it sounds like the black death and you'll all die from it unless you hide away.