Seventh Bergamo Open Rhinoplasty Course

Coronavirus Statement

Coronavirus (Covid-2019)

We are fully aware of the rising concern regarding the Coronavirus issue and of its possible effect regarding the Bergamo meeting.  Please be assured that the health and safety of delegates, exhibitors and faculty is our highest priority.

 

UPDATE  (March 3, 2020):

Dear Delegates,

It is with great personal regret that we have to announce you that the Seventh Bergamo Open Rhinoplasty Course will have to be cancelled.  Following the landslide chain of events which essentially started in Italy on Saturday, February 22, there was a rapid crescendo of coronavirus spread as well as a huge amount of national and international media coverage. As you may have seen from the updated news on the homepage of the Course website, progressively more and more limitations have been imposed on international travel by companies, quarantine regulations have been implemented in several countries, and  events and public gatherings in Lombardy and Veneto have been banned by regional and national directives.

After consulting all sources, including participants, speakers and exhibitors, we have thus come to the conclusion of the necessity of canceling and re-scheduling the meeting.

We are sorry for the unwanted inconvenience that this forced decision will cause you, and we will update you within a few days on the date to when the meeting will be postponed.

The Organizing Secretariat and Meeting Chairs

 

UPDATE  (March 2, 2020):

  • Regional Authorities have extended shutdown of public schools, and bans on gatherings and events for one further week “at least until March 8”
    Restrictions on travel are currently increased and varied depending on country. Adjourned details at the official site of the Italian Ministry of foreign affairs www.viaggiaresicuri.it
    Turkey has stopped all flights to Italy.  Several airlines, including British Airways, United and Delta ,  have suspended or modified flights to/from Italy  although no government has yet imposed a blanket travel ban on Italy and international borders remain open.
  • The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) in the US has issued a level IV warning known as a “do not travel” warning, for regions of Lombardy and Veneto in Italy, https://it.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
  • Thus, at the moment, no cancellation of the course is planned but we will give you an update in a few days. Safety and Serenity are obviously our first priority.

 

UPDATE  (February 29, 2020):

  • Regional Authorities have extended shutdown of public schools, and events for one further week until March 8
  • Restrictions on travel are currently varied depending on country.  Continuously adjourned details at the official site of the Italian Ministry of foreign affairs www.viaggiaresicuri.it
  • No government has yet imposed a blanket travel ban on Italy. Its international borders remain open and the only systematic restrictions are on direct flights to and from China.
  • The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) in the US has issued a level III warning for Italy, which does not include any quarantine at the moment  https://it.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
  • Thus, at the moment, no cancellation of the course is planned but we will give you an update in a few days. Safety and Serenity are obviously our first priority.

 

Summarizing relevant facts (as on February 27, 2020):

  • Most events happened between Saturday February 22 and Sunday February 24, following reports of cases in the Lodi area (near Milan)
  • Following this, over the last few days, extensive national and then international media coverage and hype followed
  • Regional Authorities took all this very seriously by shutting down public schools, and events for one week until March 1, in the attempt of circumscribing outbreaks.  Such measures are stronger than any other European country, where cases may exist but less extensive testing is performed as compared to Italy where testing has widely included non-symptomatic individuals.   Leading health experts are currently essentially stating that Coronavirus is no more than comparable to a flu epidemic.  Authorities in Rome are also presently noting  overstatements and exaggeration that caused undue concern.
  • The 14 deaths that have occurred so far over the country, mostly in Northern Italy concerned very elderly people, mostly terminally ill with cancer and/or significant comorbidities.  As of today, 0,4% of the surface of Lombardy is involved by coronavirus outbreak.
  • We are carefully evaluating options regarding the course, although a final decision will also depend on regional and national government indications and restrictions on travel to/from Italy from other countries.
  • Thus, at the moment, no cancellation of the course is planned but we will give you an update in a few days. Safety and Serenity are obviously our first priority.