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COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a pandemic of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that began spreading globally in December 2019. It is still an active pandemic.
| Name        = COVID-19
 
| AltNames    = Covid, Coronavirus, 'Rona
 
| Season      = 2020–
 
| HeadEd      = Unknown
 
| Difficulty  = ∞ dots
 
| First        = January 20, 2020
 
| Announcement = https://www.who.int/emergencies/disease-outbreak-news/item/2020-DON229
 
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'''COVID-19''' ('''CO'''rona'''VI'''rus '''D'''isease of 20'''19''') is the 19th iteration of the annual COVID question set (the previous 18 iterations have been lost to the depths of the Internet and packet archive). The set was written in Fall 2019 by an unknown writing team, with [[mirror]]s beginning in Spring 2020.  
 
  
The questions in the set were of such intangible quality that word of it quickly spread throughout the public and world, leading to a global economic shutdown and shift to non-essential workers living and working from home. Governments worldwide sought to protect its citizens from the ideological revolution expounded by the set. The impact of the questions were so potent that it led to the cancellations of all national quizbowl tournaments for 2020, including [[ACF Nationals]], [[HSNCT]], and [[NASAT]], among others. Relatedly, all [[pyramidal]] [[quizbowl]] [[tournament]]s were moved [[online]] for the remainder of Spring and Summer 2020, with many [[circuit]]s at all levels continuing online into almost the entirety of the 2020-2021 season.
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COVID-19 deeply affected quiz bowl, resulting in the cancellation of many tournaments. It also accelerated the circuit's incorporation of online tournaments.
  
Selfishly, the COVID-19 writing team has not stopped adding mirrors despite the 2019-2020 quizbowl season being long over. As such, the powers of the set still linger across the world and quizbowl community, leading to stringent COVID-19 prevention policies at in-person tournaments around the country, including HSNCT and [[NSC|PACE]], seeking to mitigate the dangerous impact of the set.
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== Tournament Cancellations ==
  
==Other Impacts==
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In addition to numerous local tournaments, the pandemic caused multiple national championships to be cancelled. On the high school level, the [[SSNCT|NAQT SSNCT]], [[IPNCT|NAQT IPNCT]], [[HSNCT|NAQT HSNCT]], the [[PACE NSC]], and the [[NASAT|IQBT NASAT]] were all cancelled. On the college level, both [[ACF Nationals]] and [[ICT|NAQT ICT]] were cancelled.
While the impacts of COVID-19 have been detrimental to numerous facets of quizbowl, setting back physical outreach by a couple of years at least, there have been some perceived benefits of everything being moved online. Organizations such as [[AQBL]] worked to expand outreach to potential teams in more isolated regions quizbowl-wise, such as the Mountain West. 2020 also saw development of online quizbowl spaces such as on [[Discord]], both in terms of more regional servers than before and new online affinity groups (e.g. the [[LGBTQB Discord]]), no doubt partially due to COVID-19.
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The middle school [[MSNCT|NAQT MSNCT]] was canceled as well.
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== Shift to Online Play ==
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During the pandemic, more tournaments started to be held online. Qualification for 2021 ACF Nationals was based on a qualifying event that compared the performances of teams on a set of 100 bonus questions, rather than a full tournament. The [[2021 ICT]] reverted to using paper tiebreakers between phases of the tournament.

Latest revision as of 16:56, 25 August 2022

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a pandemic of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that began spreading globally in December 2019. It is still an active pandemic.

COVID-19 deeply affected quiz bowl, resulting in the cancellation of many tournaments. It also accelerated the circuit's incorporation of online tournaments.

Tournament Cancellations

In addition to numerous local tournaments, the pandemic caused multiple national championships to be cancelled. On the high school level, the NAQT SSNCT, NAQT IPNCT, NAQT HSNCT, the PACE NSC, and the IQBT NASAT were all cancelled. On the college level, both ACF Nationals and NAQT ICT were cancelled. The middle school NAQT MSNCT was canceled as well.

Shift to Online Play

During the pandemic, more tournaments started to be held online. Qualification for 2021 ACF Nationals was based on a qualifying event that compared the performances of teams on a set of 100 bonus questions, rather than a full tournament. The 2021 ICT reverted to using paper tiebreakers between phases of the tournament.