The Radiological and Diagnostic Imaging Society of São Paulo (SPR) informs all its members – including coordinators, professors, and JPR attendees, as well as all their institutional partners, suppliers, exhibitors, potential JPR visitors and other interested parties at the event -, that it has been following the events related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in the world with great attention and responsibility.
SPR has followed and analyzed, in particular, the delicate situation of the European continent, a region where the developments of the epidemic determined the change of date of important Radiology events: the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) and the Spanish Congress of Radiology. Our society is now in solidarity with the European Radiology Society (ESR) and the Spanish Radiology Society (SERAM), organizers of the postponed events, and SPR partners, expressing its support for these events on their new dates.
Facing questions triggered by the events described above, SPR considers it helpful to emphasize that the 50th São Paulo Radiological Meeting (JPR 2020) follows its regular organization schedule. It keeps its date confirmed for April 30 to May 3, 2020, at the Transamerica Expo Center, in São Paulo.
It is worth mentioning that, although it is clear that it is impossible to predict with complete precision the developments of an epidemic such as that of COVID-19 in a short term, some scientific peculiarities of the virus, data already released by the responsible bodies and expert opinions on the subject lead SPR to believe that the epidemic scenario in Brazil will not reach the same seriousness registered in other places. It is considered, for example, that we will still have a hot climate in the next 60 days, which is unfavorable to the spread of this type of virus. We can also observe the fact that we have a predominance of cases of contaminated people abroad in the country, and local dissemination is still very controlled.
Regarding the impacts on the theme for JPR, there is only the possibility that some foreign teachers could not attend the event under the guidance of their institution – and it is worth mentioning here that so far, there has been no such case. As a preventive measure, SPR and the Radiological Society of North America – RSNA (SPR’s partner in the JPR 2020 organization) are already discussing strategies to preserve the high level of the scientific program and guarantee the provision of the planned classes, without no harm to participants.
SPR will continue to monitor the COVID-19 epidemic data in Brazil and the world and reaffirms, from now, its commitment to follow the official bodies guidelines, heading its decisions according to the established guidelines, aiming above all to preserve the health of the people involved with JPR and the well-being of civil society as a whole. To continue reassuring all interested parties, SPR will issue new reports on the matter in due course.
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