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23 February 2021

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


ESCMID COVID-19 Web Symposia

Don’t miss the ESCMID COVID-19 Websymposia!

The next websymposia, covering COVID-19 Vaccination starts this evening at 17:00, with perspectives from Marco Cavaleri (EMA) and Khitam Muhsen (University of Tel Aviv). 

View the programme of upcoming websymposia and register on the ESCMID Website.

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ECCMID 2021 – Grants available for abstract submitters!

Time is running out to submit your abstract for the 31st ECCMID in July 2021, as well as to apply for the great selection of grants available for abstract submitters. Find out more on the ECCMID Grants Website.

Visit the
ECCMID Abstract Website to view the abstract guidelines and to submit your work for inclusion in the world’s premier meeting in the field of infection.

Be sure to watch the
Abstract Submission Tutorial before starting your submission.

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ECCMID Group Registration now open!

Group registration for the 31st ECCMID is now open!

Take advantage of the early bird fees, where a full registration (onsite and online) is the same price as an online-only ticket. This way, you'll be prepared for ECCMID with no financial risk, whether your group attends onsite or online!

Early bird fees are valid until 21 April, 2021.

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EMA communication: Latest updates on COVID-19 vaccines

EMA is sharing with the ESCMID members the latest publications on COVID-19 vaccines, which have been compiled into one message to avoid email overload. 

Please check EMA’s dedicated webpage on COVID-19 for the latest updates.

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ESCMID YouTube Channel: Catch the Websymposia!

Have you subscribed to the ESCMID YouTube channel? Find Vlogs, ECCVID sessions, as well as the replays of the COVID-19 Websymposia available for on-demand viewing.

Visit the ESCMID YouTube channel to view and subscribe!

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European Examination in Medical Microbiology – Pilot

The UEMS Section of Medical Microbiology, in partnership with ESCMID, is developing an examination which once developed will lead to a European Specialist Diploma in Medical Microbiology. 

The examination will assess knowledge based on the UEMS Section of Medical Microbiology core curriculum and current European best practice guidelines.

The PILOT examination will take place online on March 24th 2021 from 15:00 – 17:00 CET, and is offered free of charge.
However, registration is necessary and only possible until
Monday 1. March 2021.

All participating candidates will be offered a 50% reduction of the entry fee for one sitting of the diploma examination in the following two years.

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CMI highlight: Onset, duration and unresolved symptoms, including smell and taste changes, in mild COVID-19 infections. A cohort study in Israeli patients

The present study aimed at characterizing longitudinal symptoms of mild COVID-19 patients for a period of six months, and potentially aid in disease management.

Phone interviews were conducted with 103 mild COVID-19 patients in Israel, over a six-month period (April 2020 to October 2020). Inclusion criteria required participants to be Israeli residents aged ≥18 years, with positive COVID-19 RT-PCR results and non-severe symptoms. Symptoms' onset, duration, severity, and resolution were analysed.

Most common first symptoms experienced were headache, fever, muscle ache, or dry cough. Smell and taste changes were experienced after around 4 days after disease onset. Among prevalent symptoms, fever had the shortest duration, and taste and smell changes were the longest-lasting symptoms. Longer recovery of the sense of smell correlated with the extent of smell change. Long-lasting effects of mild COVID-19 manifested in almost half of the participants reporting at least one unresolved symptom after six months. At the six-month follow-up, in fact 46% of the patients had at least one unresolved symptom, most commonly fatigue, smell and taste changes and breathing difficulties.

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