American College of Cardiology Cancels ACC.20 Due to Coronavirus Concerns

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) took the extraordinary preventive step of cancelling the ACC.20 Annual Scientific Sessions and World Congress set for March 28 – 30 in Chicago due to increasing concerns about the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

According to a press release, the ACC has made the call after monitoring daily developments and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), as wells as reports from state and local governments. As travel restrictions and advisories have increased, the impact was being felt by health care providers in the U.S. and around the world.

“The health, safety, and well-being of our members, staff, exhibitors, faculty, and other stakeholders is of paramount importance, ACC President Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, said in a press release. “With an ever-increasing number of ACC members on the front lines of preparing and reacting to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is in the best interest of everyone to cancel the meeting and ensure our members are able to do what they do best: help and heal.”

More information about virtual presentations and other releases of some of the research that would have been presented at the conference and published simultaneously in the journals will be released by ACC in coming days.