At this time, the association says, there are no plans to cancel or postpone the May meeting in Atlanta, although it continues to monitor the situation. 

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) put out an update as it relates to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the upcoming Annual Session, May 1 to 4, 2020, in Atlanta. 

The association said, “It is monitoring this situation very closely, and there are no plans to cancel or postpone Annual Session.” 

For those planning to attend, the Georgia World Congress Center, site of the Annual Session, has issued guidance aimed at ensuring the safety of its guests. Attendees are advised to take the appropriate health precautions—both before their trip and during the course of travel. 

In its statement, the AAO said. “Our top priority is now and will remain the safety of all who are participating in the Annual Session.”

The AAO noted that its standard policy for attendee cancellation is quite generous and allows for a full refund if registration is unused and cancelled by the last day of Annual Session. 

Exhibitors are advised to speak with Holly Kiel at [email protected] if cancellation should become necessary.

The AAO advises attendees to monitor communications from the AAO as the situation proceeds.

For information on how to prepare your orthodontic practice to protect staff and patients, check out our recent article: Preparing the Orthodontic Practice for Coronavirus.