ESCMID weekly news 25.08.2020

25 August 2020: ESCMID Weekly News
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25 August 2020

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of ESCMID Weekly News.

With kind regards,
ESCMID Executive Office.


ECCVID abstract results announced

The review of abstracts for ECCVID is now completed, and authors can check the status of their submitted abstracts in the online submission portal.

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ECCVID Late-breaker abstract submission is now open

Submissions of Late-breaker abstracts are now being accepted for inclusion in ECCVID this September.

Late-breaker abstracts are an opportunity for researchers to submit their new and emerging results.

Submission is open until Friday, August 28 2020 at 23:59 CEST.

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Cast your vote in the ESCMID TAE Steering Committee Election 2020!

If you are a Young Scientist Member of ESCMID, you can now cast your vote in the ESCMID TAE Steering Committee Election 2020 and determine who will represent your interests at our society. You can choose two persons among four candidates in the field of ID. You will find the profiles of the candidates, as well as a link to the ballot on our website, when you follow the link below.

The 2020 online election for the TAE Steering Committee is open until
Thursday, 27 August 2020 at 12:00 noon CEST.

Only current
ESCMID Young Scientist Members may vote, so make sure you check your membership, and renew if needed.

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Call for ESCMID Ethics Advisory Committee members: few days left to apply!

Become a member of the new Ethics Advisory Committee, a new independent body meant to advise the Executive Committee (EC) and other ESCMID members on ethical issues that may arise. 

If you have experience in developing and evaluating conflict of interest policies and/or an expertise in code of ethics in the scientific and medical field as well as experience and sensitisation in ethical issues management, you are welcome to send your application until 31 August 2020. 

To learn more about the committee and the application procedure, please visit ESCMID website.

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ESCV Virtual Meeting on COVID-19

The European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) invites you to attend their virtual meeting on COVID-19 on September 9, 2020.

This meeting will bring together a worldwide community, offering the chance to follow up and discuss the ongoing pandemic from our individual perspectives. You may find the scientific programme of the virtual meeting and all relevant information on the meeting micro-website: Link to Website 

Attendance to the virtual meeting is
free of charge for all participants, all that they ask is that you register in advance. You may register for free through the online registration form: Virtual Meeting Registration Form

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EWMA/BSAC e-learning module: Antimicrobial stewardship

Learn the basic principles of antimicrobial stewardship in wound management including infection prevention, when and when not to treat with antibiotics, practical guidance on how to implement, measure and document, and much more.

Developed by the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC). 

Join the EWMA/BSAC e-learning course here.

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CMI highlight: Clinical course and factors associated with outcomes among 1904 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Germany: an observational study

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Germany differs from other countries in certain aspects. First, the estimated incidence of COVID-19 in Germany is distinctly lower than in other large European countries with similar demographic and economic structure. Second, the pandemic has been associated with a substantially lower case fatality rate (CFR) than neighbouring countries. These comparably low figures may be due to non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19 being more effective in Germany than in other European countries. Therefore, Nachtigall et al. describe clinical characteristics of all patients with COVID-19 admitted to a nationwide German hospital network and report risk factors associated with patient outcomes.

The authors provide analyses of 1904 consecutive patients with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 admitted to 75 hospitals in Germany. They compare this data with other European countries and explore the differences. In conclusion, in-hospital and ICU mortality rates among patients with COVID-19 were substantial in this nationwide series. The most prominent risk factors for death were male sex, preexisting lung disease, and increased patient age.

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