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4 May 2021

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


ECCMID 2021 (Latebreaker) abstract submission – Submit your abstract and save!

Latebreaker abstract submission is now open, and you can save 35% on your ECCMID registration when you submit your abstract! You will be eligible for this discount once you have submitted your abstract. Discount codes will be sent to all latebreaker abstract submitters after the close of the submission window on May 7 at 15:59 CEST. 

The ECCMID Programme Committee will allow, as an exception this year, the submission of regular research abstracts during the late-breaker call, for members of our community who could not prepare and submit their work during the regular call due to involvement in the pandemic response. These abstracts could belong to any of the abstract categories, but abstracts focusing on COVID-19 and the other late-breaker categories are highly encouraged.  

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ESCMID Professional Affairs Webinar: Clinical microbiologists and infectious diseases specialists during the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic

ESCMID is pleased to announce another open-access Webinar on 12 May 2021, 16:00 – 18:00 CEST. This webinar is free of charge and places are limited, so register today!

For more than one year now, clinical microbiologists (CM) and Infectious Diseases (ID) specialists have been involved in one of the greatest pandemics of the beginning of the century.

Many colleagues were overwhelmed by patients with COVID-19 and others were exhausted by testing patients and asymptomatic persons for SARS-CoV-2.

In this webinar, we will focus for the first time on the professionals themselves, and not on the disease nor the microorganism, shifting focus instead onto the colleagues living this turmoil.

You will find more information such as the programme as well as the link to register for free at the link below.

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ECCMID Community – Showcasing the creative side of ESCMID during pandemic times!

As a new part of the broader ECCMID programme, ESCMID has launched a call for submission of original photography documenting inspiring moments during pandemic times. We also welcome any other form of artwork, such as painting, pastels, poetry or prose!

Submitted original works will be included in a special gallery that will be available on the ECCMID online platform.

Find out more and submit your work on the ECCMID website.

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ECCMID 2021 Escape Room – Registration now open!

New for ECCMID 2021, the Escape Room is a new type of activity, where a team of participants work cooperatively to discover clues, solve puzzles and perform tasks in a physical game set up, with the ultimate goal of escaping from the room. The ECCMID Escape room will of course focus on infectious diseases themes.

You can sign up a team of between 4 and 8 people to participate in the online escape room – the only requirement is that they are all registered for ECCMID!

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New ESCMID Vlogs

Have you watched any of the ESCMID Vlogs yet?
Listen to the thoughts of members of the ESCMID community as they give their thoughts on the current state of the ID/CM community, COVID-19 and ECCMID.

A new Vlog has been published, featuring EUCAST Chairman Christian Giske sharing his thoughts looking forward to ECCMID 2021 in July.

More Vlogs are still to come on the ESCMID YouTube Channel.

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EMA communication: Latest updates on COVID-19 vaccines

EMA is happy to share with you the recent communications on COVID-19 vaccines:

All the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments are available by clicking here.

Please feel free to disseminate this email to anyone else who might be interested in this information.

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CMI highlight: Long-term outcomes of patients following hospitalization for COVID-19: a prospective observational study

Few data regarding follow-up of patients after COVID-19 discharge are available. The aim of the observational prospective study was to describe the long-term outcomes of survivors of hospitalization for COVID-19 followed up first at an outpatient facility and subsequently by telephone. 302 patients were enrolled, and the follow-up was conducted both in the hospital, after 45 days in average after discharge, and via phone up to 7 months after discharge. 

Observational prospective study conducted at a tertiary general hospital. Clinical and radiological progression was assessed, and data recorded on a standardized reporting form. Patients were divided into three groups according to PaO2/FiO2 at hospitalization. A logistic multivariate regression model was performed to identify factors associated with persistence of symptoms.

It emerged that, COVID-19 patients require long term follow-up due to persistence of symptoms; patients with low PaO2/FiO2 during the acute illness require special attention.

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