Statement on Coronavirus Outbreak
February 3, 2020 Update
AAAS and our local partners in Seattle are continuing to monitor developments with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). At present, the Washington State Convention Center, and our meeting hotels are all operating normally with no additional precautions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has activated its Quarantine Station at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, one of 20 such stations that exist at the nation’s busiest ports of entry. Officials continue to monitor incoming passengers for signs of illness. Please know that any changes to federal, state, or local protocols for the Seattle area will be reported to us immediately, and we will comply with any such directives. The CDC’s website on novel coronavirus is an excellent source of up-to-the-minute information.
AAAS values the diversity of participants in our program and is committed to preserving the important perspectives that are offered through intercontinental participation and collaboration. The conference has a strong international presence, and we would like to extend our well wishes to the members of our community who are unable to join us as a result of this situation.
January 22, 2020
AAAS and our partners in Seattle are monitoring developments related to the respiratory illness commonly referred to as the Wuhan coronavirus and its potential impact on travel to, and within, the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring the situation along with local and state authorities in Washington state, where the first U.S. case of the virus was confirmed on January 21.
The U.S. Travel Association encourages travelers to monitor and follow guidance offered by the CDC, which currently advises travelers to “practice usual precautions.”
AAAS is committed to providing a productive meeting that fosters open dialogue and exchange of scientific ideas. We are working with our partners in Seattle to take every precaution and ensure a safe environment for our community to convene. Updated information will be posted to meetings.aaas.org as it becomes available.