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Covid-19 affects IRENE

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

As the coronavirus spread across the world and governments rolled out measures to contain the pandemic, many aspects of our daily lives have been affected and required change to accomodate the new conditions. Social distancing became one of the main tools to limit the spread of the disease and international travel has been deemed too dangerous and only allowed with serious reasons.

Naturally, as our project's purpose is bringing together specialists on stroke treatment from various countries, the restrictive measures put in place by the European governments also hampered our activities. Physical in-person meetings, the backbone of our project, suddenly became temporarily impossible.

The Training School on communication that we have planned for March 2020 had to be postponed shortly before the event, as the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the event had been planned, has become one of the most affected areas in Germany. The event will take place in a new term within the second grant period (finishing in April 2021), but the specific date is yet to be confirmed.

However, these restrictions do not mean there is no activity in the project. We have focused our attention on the tasks that do not require physical contact and shifted some of our agenda online. We are closely following the development of the restrictions and remain hopeful that we can resume our meeting activities in the nearest future.

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