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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov): The ATS Response

The ATS is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and we are aware there may be related concerns regarding ATS 2020 in Philadelphia.  While only a limited number of cases have been confirmed in the United States, ATS leadership is taking this threat to public health very seriously and will take all reasonable precautions to ensure attendee health and safety at the conference. This includes working closely with the Pennsylvania Convention Center and local public health authorities, as necessary, to address any issues or concerns that may arise. In addition, as part of our response to date, we have assembled a number of coronavirus related resources. Please be assured that this situation will remain a priority for the ATS leadership.


Non-ATS Resources


Will the coronavirus impact the conference?

The ATS is very closely monitoring the situation and will take proactive measures, as necessary, to ensure the health and safety of our attendees.

Will the ATS restrict access to the conference; prohibiting individuals from China or other highly impacted countries from attending?

The ATS will not prohibit individuals from attending the conference based on the country of origin. Each nation is enforcing its own set of travel restrictions, so we urge you to be aware of the latest travel advisories for the United States, as well as your country.

What provisions is the ATS making for ATS 2020 in light of the current coronavirus pandemic?

The ATS takes all threats to public health seriously. We are closely monitoring the situation and working with local authorities in Philadelphia and at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to ensure that all precautions are taken to protect the health and safety of our attendees.

Can I cancel my conference registration and receive a refund?

ATS 2020 refund requests must meet the following criteria to be processed:

  • Deadline for refund requests: April 24, 2020
  • Cancellation requests received via telephone or email will be eligible for a complete refund minus an administrative fee of $100.
  • If original registration was sent in via paper form, the $10 Service Charge is not refundable.
  • To request a cancellation, call 508-743-8518 or send an email to thoracic@xpressreg.net.
  • Registration and fees are not transferrable.

A registration cancellation fee in the amount of $100 will be deducted from all refunds. After April 24, there will be no refunds for cancellations of any type, including no-shows.

Can I get a refund if flights from my country are canceled and I am unable to travel to the U.S. in May?

Currently, this is not an issue. We will be continually monitoring the situation and will modify our policies, as necessary, based on international travel policies at the time surrounding the conference.

Last Reviewed: February 2020