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Revista argentina de reumatología

Print version ISSN 0327-4411On-line version ISSN 2362-3675


QUINTANA, Rosana et al. Frequency of SARS-CoV-2 infection in attendees at a medical congress in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. Rev. argent. reumatolg. [online]. 2022, vol.33, n.2, pp.67-75. ISSN 0327-4411.


in the context of the pandemic due to SARS-CoV-2, the Argentine Society of Rhematology organized its "hybrid" congress (face-to-face and virtual), on December 2021, in accordance with the epidemiological condition. The main objective of this work was to describe the frequency of new cases of infection after attending the Congress and the opinion of doctors on the biosafety aspects of the event, and as a secondary objective, to analyze the characteristics of those attending the Congress during the pandemic. by SARS-CoV-2.

Materials and methods:

cross-sectional study, through an online, self-administered and anonymous survey. The attendees (physician and non- physician) to the congress (face-to-face or virtual) were surveyed. The first survey was at the time of registration and the second after 14 days of finish, only for physicians. A descriptive analysis of the results was performed.


1,322 subjects registered for Congress; 1,039 (98.9%) were physicians. 1,051 (79.5%) completed the first survey and 501 (48.2%) answered the second. While 428 (85.4%) attended in person, virtuality was chosen by those with more years of practice (p=0.023), with comorbidities (p=0.03) and those who had a previous hospitalization for SARS-CoV-2 (p=0.05). Of the total, 1,028 (97.8%) were vaccinated. 84.6% had a favorable opinion about the "hybrid" modality. Five (1.2%) presented symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection and three (0.7%) had diagnostic confirmation.


five subjects had symptoms and three confirmed infections. The biosafety measures taken were those recommended by the Ministry of Health and the opinion of the colleagues about them was favorable.

Keywords : health events; Rheumatology; COVID-19.

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