IASO General Clinic: Organization of a One-Day Seminar on the topic “Epidemics - Pandemics that shook humanity”
Specially selected and distinguished scientists, such as Mr. Stefanos Geroulanos, Mr. Marios Lazanas, Ms. Theodota Liakopoulou-Tsitsipi, Ms. Athina Linou, Mr. Georgios Samonis, Mr. Georgios Saroglou, Mr. Nikolaos Smyrnis, Mr. Kyriakos Souliotis, Mr. Sotirios Tsiodras, will participate in the One-Day Seminar with speeches.
The Seminar’s Moderator is Marios K. Lazanas, Internist - Infectious Disease Specialist, Director of the Internal Medicine – Infectious Disease Department of IASO General Clinic and Chairman of the Infection Control Committee.
It has been almost three years since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and its toll is tragic. More than 613 million cases have been recorded worldwide and it is estimated that more than 16 million deaths have supervened. In retrospect of the course of the pandemic, it was self-evident to parallel, compare and seek lessons from epidemics or pandemics that shook humanity in the past. The opinion of the ancient Greeks regarding the involvement of the air in the transmission of diseases is well-known, while protective measures such as the isolation of patients, the use of face masks and keeping a distance from doctors, were utilized during the Middle Ages to regulate epidemics. A decisive factor in the treatment of infectious diseases was the use of vaccines, the case of smallpox being a typical example. After the implementation of universal vaccination, the disease was eliminated, as was announced by the World Health Organization in 1980. The introduction of polio vaccination was another successful example, and it relieved us from the heartbreaking images of disabled children with metal braces.
Recent examples are the influenza and AIDS epidemics - pandemics. Influenza, due to the mutations of the virus, has caused epidemics with millions of deaths and was counteracted with the implementation of personal protection measures and mainly with the annual systematic vaccination. The AIDS pandemic is another typical example of treatment with the administration of medication both for therapeutic purposes and the prevention of its transmission, by reducing the viral load of the community. Unfortunately, the absence of an HIV vaccine makes it currently impossible to eradicate the disease. Pandemics have enormous social, economic and scientific impacts.
You may attend the Seminar in person, but also via Live Streaming, through the following link: https://bit.ly/3fmWRL8
For further information, you may contact 210 6383906 (Athina Antzou – IASO Events & Conferences Department). Click here for more information about the Event.
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