2020 COVID-19 Update
The leadership of the American Delirium Society (ADS) is actively aware and concerned about the growing spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the impact that it is having here in the United States and abroad. We are also taking into consideration the cancellation and rescheduling of meetings organized by other national societies. At present, many healthcare and other institutions have also placed travel restrictions on their employees, and we are sensitive to those barriers as they relate to participation in the ADS Annual Meeting.
ADS leadership is communicating closely with our partners in Indianapolis to monitor developments related to COVID-19, and its potential impact on travel to, and within, the United States. The Indianapolis International Airport and the Westin Indianapolis are operating normally. We are following the federal, state, or local protocols and we will comply with any applicable directives.
As you are aware ADS is a small organization with limited resources and a tight operating budget, and the future prospects of the Society are highly dependent on the success and attendance of the Annual Meeting. Similarly, the ADS leadership is also aware of the current dynamic situation associated with the COVD-19 pandemic and is conscious of the current travel restrictions. The ADS leadership highly values the safety of our participants and will make all decisions keeping in line with the CDC and recommendations from other healthcare organizations.
The ADS leadership recently convened to discuss the most appropriate plan for the upcoming Annual Meeting which is only 3 months away; below is the summary of the salient and relevant aspects related to ADS 2020.
At this time, the ADS leadership is still discussing risks and benefits of holding the meeting planned for June 14-16, 2020 in Indianapolis, IN. The ADS is in contact with the meeting venue to discuss other options including rescheduling the meeting for a later date or virtual meeting attendance, etc. Some of the other national organizations such as the American Geriatrics Society and the American Thoracic Society have not cancelled their meetings and at this time are proceeding with their annual meetings as planned for May. We will continue to follow recommendations made by national, state, and local stakeholders closely and will make future decisions after carefully considering the multiple complex and related factors.
ADS continues to have robust registration and submissions to the ADS 2020 meeting, and we are looking forward to a dynamic and vibrant meeting. In the event the meeting continues as planned, and in order to incorporate delayed travel plans and keeping in mind the travel restrictions, we have extended the early bird registration deadline to June 1, 2020 (CLICK HERE to register). This will allow potential participants to monitor their ability to travel while still taking advantage of the discounted rates.
The health and safety of all participants – including attendees, speakers/faculty, staff, and others is of vital importance to us. We will be taking all necessary and recommended precautions to ensure the health and safety of attendees at the meeting.
The ADS community will be kept informed as to any potential impact of the COVID-19 situation on the meeting via the ADS website and email announcements.
The CDC’s website on Coronavirus is an excellent source of up-to-the-minute information. The U.S. Travel Association encourages travelers to monitor and follow guidance offered by the CDC.
In the weeks to come, the ADS will continue to provide updates as necessary based on this evolving situation. These will be posted on our social media platforms, as well as on ADS website.
Please be assured that this situation remains a priority for the ADS leadership.
Attendees with questions are welcome to contact us at email@example.com.
Babar Khan, MD, MS
President, American Delirium Society