The Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging Society of São Paulo (SPR) has been following the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last three weeks with great concern and responsibility. During this period, SPR held several meetings on the topic, paying attention to the daily reports and guidelines of the responsible government agencies, as well as the information and forecasts of the best specialists on the subject.
Valuing transparency and ethics in its actions, SPR reports at this moment that an official position has not yet been communicated because any decision made, whatever it may be, will have significant implications for the Meeting itself, for the Diagnostic Imaging area, and in a way, for the lives of thousands of people who participate of it (or even depend of it) in some way: attendees, lecturers, exhibitors, suppliers, visitors, collaborators, freelance receptionists, etc.
We are clear that the civil society welfare must be prioritized, but we also believe that the effects of any decision will be numerous and complex. Therefore, SPR is finalizing a careful analysis of all possible scenarios, as well as a study listing the options available for the event, so that after this work, a final decision is made, representing the best for the largest number of people possible.
To those who depend on an SPR position on JPR to still make a decision, we advise you to wait until the end of this week, when the consultations with the responsible and involved parties must be defined. This timeframe will also allow for SPR a more clear understanding of the recent information gathered on the pandemic progression and the government authorities’ guidelines.
Meanwhile, SPR is available to assist everyone and answer questions, so that everyone can make the best and most appropriate decisions at this difficult time for all of us.
Board, Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging Society of São Paulo (SPR)