September 27, 2021
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The IDWeek originally planned for San Diego will be a purely virtual meeting for the second year in a row due to COVID-19.
Starting Wednesday, September 29th, IDWeek will begin its second annual 24-hour pandemic session, âChasing the Sunâ, at 10am EDT. The meeting lasts until Sunday, October 3rd.
Infectious Disease News Editor-in-chief for medicine Paul A. Volberding, MD, said he believes people are “increasingly eager” to return to a face-to-face meeting format.
“I think we put up with the virtual meetings,” Volberding, a retired medical professor at the University of California at San Francisco, told Healio. “I think they’ve proven they can have real value, but at the same time, I think people miss the collaboration and informal data sharing that comes from face-to-face contact, and it doesn’t quite happen in the same way.” with a Zoom meeting. “
Volberding said it might be a while before large face-to-face meetings return.
âIt can never happen, or at least it can take a long time. The benefits to people who don’t have to travel, who don’t have to spend the money, may not have the means to go to a meeting far away – they will persist, “he said.
“If the pandemic is controlled better than it is now, hopefully we will still have the option to attend meetings electronically, and I think that’s a good thing,” he said. “All of that said, people are eager to get back together, no question about it.”
Volberding said he would be interested in learning more about research on dolutegravir use in pregnant women, long-acting injections, and resistance to PrEP regimens.
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