20 Comments

  1. 1

    Paul Spector

    Hi

    Please keep me posted on any updates as I need to register and book a flight

    Many Thanks

    Paul Spector

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    1. 1.1

      Adil Khatimi

      Hi

      I am Adil Khatimi. , my email address is adilkhatimi@gmail.com .
      Can I attend the DDW this time online from my own place and if the registration for that is the same

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    2. 1.2

      Alison Moser

      Thanks for your patience. DDW 2020 and all associated events, scheduled for May 2-5, 2020, in Chicago, have been cancelled.
      Read the full cancellation notice here: https://ddwnewsprod.wpengine.com/news/digestive-disease-week-ddw-2020-is-cancelled/

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  2. 2

    Judy Lao-Tan

    I am also in the process of booking my flight to DDW 2020. I have paid my registration already.
    Please inform us of any cancellations of the conference ASAP
    THANK YOU

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    1. 2.1

      Alison Moser

      Thanks for your patience. DDW 2020 and all associated events, scheduled for May 2-5, 2020, in Chicago, have been cancelled.
      Read the full cancellation notice here: https://ddwnewsprod.wpengine.com/news/digestive-disease-week-ddw-2020-is-cancelled/

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  3. 3

    Barry Marshall

    It’s a bad look for DDW to be updating only once per week.

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  4. 4

    G. Reddy

    Please postpone or cancel the conference. Social distancing is one of the biggest solutions to stop spreading the virus. I know this conference brings you a lot of money but I think we should look at the greater good here.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-cancel-everything/607675/

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    1. 4.1

      Alison Moser

      Thanks for your patience. DDW 2020 and all associated events, scheduled for May 2-5, 2020, in Chicago, have been cancelled.
      Read the full cancellation notice here: https://ddwnewsprod.wpengine.com/news/digestive-disease-week-ddw-2020-is-cancelled/

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  5. 5

    Jiangsu Vedkang Medical science and Technology Co., Ltd

    Hi, we from China and we have booked a booth on DDW, may i know if we can not attend because of the U.S. Entry Restrictions, can we get the deposit return or make it charge for DDW2021?

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    1. 5.1

      Alison Moser

      Yes, if you must cancel due to company or government travel restrictions, or if faculty are not available for your event due to the coronavirus, DDW will refund or transfer your deposit to DDW 2021. Please contact Alex Vadala and complete this form providing appropriate documentation.

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  6. 6

    Concerned

    As a concerned Gastroenterologist, many universities have enacted travel bans and the world is practicing social distancing and many large scale events have been cancelled, even in May. ACC was recently cancelled
    Along with a large pulmonary conference in May to try to limit transmission and contain the situation for the better good. It may be a little irresponsible to think DDW is above public health concerns as it is not yet cancelled and may bring large groups and people from all over the world. No amount of hand sanitizer at McCormick place will counteract the tens of thousands of people that may congregate if even allowed.

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    1. 6.1

      A New Yorker

      I totally agree. Case in point, 95 infected individuals were linked to a two-day Biogen investment executive meeting in February in Boston with only 170 attendees. In addition to the highly likely possibility of transmitting COVID-19 at DDW, the meeting will sequester a large number of health care providers at a time when they are most needed to combat the disease.

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  7. 7

    Antonella from Rome

    Good afternoon, I am a tour leader from Italy who is scheduled to travel with a group of Italian doctors. The way it looks like now, it’s going to be impossible for anybody from Italy to travel on May 1. There are no flights to/from Milan until end of April. Rome will probably follow soon as nobody can get in and out of the country. Also, we might find ourselves in the situation that here it improves but it gets worse over there. We can’t issue tickets right now, we are stuck and it’s not the kind of trip that you plan in 3 days. It would be a blessing if you could either postpone or cancel 2020 and reschedule Chicago next year. Thanks for your attention and sorry about intruding without being a doctor but I always have 25 to 30 doctors to take care of 🙂

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  8. 8

    Also Concerned

    I have to echo the sentiment of “Concerned” and “G. Reddy”. This crisis is only on the rise and institutions across the country are appropriately prohibiting domestic travel such that conference presenters and attendees alike are prohibited from traveling to Chicago in May. It is time to proactively begin planning logistics for webinars and virtual meetings which will take time. This is a medical conference that should be at the forefront of protecting our nation’s public health interests. By urging attendees to congregate in large numbers at this critical time is tone-deaf, socially irresponsible and frankly reckless.

    I hope that in the coming days as numbers continue to rise conference organizers will see the light and follow the lead of the AAMC which has cancelled all spring meetings, and other medical conferences as Concerned mentioned.

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  9. 9

    Kondal

    DDW team
    I strongly recommend that you cancel. Social distancing is the only option remaining to contain this pandemic. Also the Governor of Illinois has asked all events having more than 1000 participants to cancel/postpone for 1 month. I know we are outside the window but it is not a good look to conduct such a large international conference in this environment.
    Also I strongly recommend more frequent updates on the website and emails from the leadership team to all registrants.
    Regards
    KK

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  10. 10

    Radu I Rusu

    Yes, today US decided to cancel all flights from UK and Ireland, after a similar measure applied to continental Europe earlier this week. Yet DDW is still (technically) going ahead! This is utterly irresponsible as they deliberately put people at risk. How on Earth do they expect to book flights?!

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  11. 11

    gut instinct

    Now that the CDC has declared that any gathering of more than 50 persons is not recommended for 2 months, how is it possible that DDW can go ahead as planned?

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    1. 11.1

      Alison Moser

      Thanks for your patience. DDW 2020 and all associated events, scheduled for May 2-5, 2020, in Chicago, have been cancelled.
      Read the full cancellation notice here: https://ddwnewsprod.wpengine.com/news/digestive-disease-week-ddw-2020-is-cancelled/

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  12. 12

    Miguel Tanimoto

    I believe that it could be safer and better for all our international delegates if the DDW dates move to July. The number of cases and deaths in Latinamerica has just begun and there will not start to stop before July. We need to update information from DDW organizers ASAP. The only very critical case in Mexico is from an important businessman that has traveled to the USA.

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    1. 12.1

      Alison Moser

      Thanks for your patience. DDW 2020 and all associated events, scheduled for May 2-5, 2020, in Chicago, have been cancelled.
      Read the full cancellation notice here: https://ddwnewsprod.wpengine.com/news/digestive-disease-week-ddw-2020-is-cancelled/

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