COVID-19 update (March 23)
COVID-19 update message
As COVID-19 is further spreading across the world we see that in some countries, the situation is stabilizing.
For the WoCoVA board and a number of our global representatives, it is clear that WoCoVA should not be held 17-19th of June 2020.
Even if Athens would be free of COVID-19, it is not likely to expect people from all over the world traveling to Athens to attend the 6th WoCoVA.
At this moment, we are looking for an alternative time slot in spring of 2021. We are waiting for an offer from the congress venue (Megaron) in Athens.
As soon as we have more details, we will inform all our contacts.
In the meantime, we hope that this crisis will be over soon.
Message from our chairman (March 8)
We are all concerned by the spread of the coronavirus and know that many of you have questions regarding what impact it may have on our meeting, so we just wanted to make it clear that the 6th WoCoVA will be going ahead as planned on the 17-19 June.
We are continually evaluating the situation, but believe that at present the benefits of continuing with the WoCoVA congress outweigh any potential risks. Indeed, as a medical meeting WoCoVA is an essential platform of interaction and exchange for those at the very front line of COVID-19 patient management.
We are in regular contact with the health authorities who have robust procedures in place for detecting and treating coronavirus infection and are constantly reassessing the possible risks. There are no specific restrictions on travel or mass gatherings within Greece.
The well-being of our faculty and participants is of course a priority and we will be instituting certain recommended precautions during the meeting, including having hand sanitizing solution available throughout the meeting center.
We are paying close attention to new developments and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease ControlECDC) We will keep you updated as any new information becomes available.
This message will be regularly updated, based on actual information.