ESPR Statement on Coronavirus
March 7, 2020 Update
Like many communities and institutions throughout the nation, we at ESPR are aware of the changing landscape and the many uncertainties associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This statement is to provide information and guidance related to the ESPR Meeting, March 13-15, in Philadelphia.
The ESPR Meeting dates and venue remain unchanged. Currently we expect the conference to take place as planned. For the past several weeks we have been closely monitoring the evolving guidance being provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), including their specific guidelines for mass gatherings.
Our first concern is, of course, the health and well-being of our attendees. To support our attendees, the ESPR staff have been working closely with the venue to ensure alignment with CDC guidelines. Additional hand-sanitizer stations will be available in the venue, and they have instituted augmented cleaning and sanitizing schedules, especially in the venue’s common areas.
While we feel prepared as an organization should COVID-19 impact the ESPR Meeting, we understand our participants may have questions and may need to comply with travel requirements imposed by local institutions or authorities. We welcome your questions and hope you will reach out to us, as needed. Please feel free to check this statement regularly for new updates and know that we will keep the ESPR Community apprised of any changes in plans.
Thank you for your investment in the ESPR Meeting and in your diligence with adhering to CDC-recommended practices to prevent the spread of this infection and other respiratory viruses (including influenza).
While this is a time of some uncertainty, and such situations can always be disquieting, we are confident the data-driven ESPR community is well equipped to remain safe and to support one another during this time. Thank you for your support.