EANS President's Message on Corona Virus - Feedback
Friday 20 March 2020
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
The fact that most of us had to stop a big part of our regular and elective surgical activities liberates a lot of time to do other stuff. Things we like (i.e. coffee with colleagues at previously unimaginable times between 8-12 am, and at previously unknown places in the intestines of our hospitals), and others, which we don’t like that much (endless meetings with hospital administration and public health experts, finishing of procrastinated paper-work etc.). Yet, the overall atmosphere is rather ghostly. There may be less pollution in the air and in the rivers (as in crystal-clear Venice channels), but these images don’t create a feeling of happiness though.
Today I would like to propose something to you:
Many of us senior neurosurgeons are involved in multiple WhatsApp groups with our neurosurgical friends. The younger generation is more deliberately using social media channels.
In any case, most of these circles are limited. But, being part of some of these WhatsApp groups I have the impression that the cumulative information may provide a somewhat bigger picture on what is happening. Not only about the bloody virus. But also about the impact all that has on our professional lives, on our hospitals, and on our work and how we are coping with it.
I am suggesting that all of you, who are interested and who are already (pro)actively diffusing information and comments about i.e. their particular regional situation, may do so via a common pipeline of information, funneled through our EANS website and social media. That would function as some sort of European neurosurgical news-ticker, allowing all of us to follow the evolution of what’s going on a lot better - from Tromsø to Sicily, and from Iceland, the Azores and the Canary islands to South-Eastern Europe and Eurasia and elsewhere. It will be possible to upload scientific information as well. Of course, all other neurosurgeons are equally welcome to connect. The EANS team would find that fascinating, and we will provide every possible support for you to upload your comments and data and links.
You may find the instructions in that regard just below this message.
Some time later, maybe on the occasion of one of our annual congresses, we could provide a thorough analysis of all these multiple parallel events, which are taking place currently, and which may change the way as to how to cope with similar situations in the future. And celebrate to having coped with that mess from our perspective. That may be decided upon at a later stage, of course. But that is an option only of course, in my opinion.
Our holo-European vision of unlimited neurosurgery shall not be impacted by the fact that the Schengen borders were tightened up. Our thoughts are with those colleagues, who are absorbing the biggest burden at any moment. The situation seems to be particularly tense in (Northern) Italy still, in Ticino and in Spain. Keep going – as always!
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