March 20, 2020
Dear ESGAR Fellows and Members, dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is unbelievable how quickly everything has changed in the world and how the COVID-19 pandemic has hit each nation throughout the entire world. We are all in troubles, but at the same time, more than ever, united to combat this disease.
Let these words be ones that give you support and encouraging thoughts for your day.
To those who are living in countries where the corona pandemic has hit very hard. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family for the many losses in your country. I wish you strength and comfort in these difficult times.
To those who are preparing for the worst and managing the crisis. I sincerely wish that you, your family and your department stay safe.
To those who are currently coping with the worst of the crisis in your hospital and are in the middle of fighting a very tough fight. You may feel as if you are drowning... Let your patients be the ones that give you the courage to continue. You are coping with this crisis so magnificently, and the world is grateful to you for your tireless efforts!
To the entire Executive Committee, to Brigitte Lindlbauer and her team. My sincere thanks for standing by my side, for your continuous support. But one thing is for sure - we will make it! I strongly believe that when one door closes another opens.
To all ESGAR fellows and members, the ESGAR family. Thank you so much for your understanding in these difficult times.
I wish you all the best, stay well and healthy.