Special Notice to IAA Members Regarding COVID-19
Issued March 26, 2020

The IAA Board has been considering how we might support our members during the ongoing crisis related to COVID-19. As an international association with members around the world, unfortunately we cannot provide guidance specific to each country's rules and regulations. As a starting point, we suggest that our members follow the recommendations of related professions, such as those coming from dental associations, in your area, as well as following guidance from your local government and health organizations. Please note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US recommend that healthcare providers cancel all non-emergent patient appointments, indicating that US-based anaplastologists should not currently be seeing patients.

The IAA Board and Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology are forming a joint-committee to develop more specific guidance for anaplastologists related to infection control and return to patient care, and will be sharing more information in the coming weeks. As information seems to change daily, we recommend that you regularly check the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/index.html), as well as visiting the World Health Organization (WHO) website (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019) for up-to-date information.

Additionally, we understand that many of us are looking for ways to stay connected during an uncertain and challenging time, and to learn more about how to safely care for our patients once restrictions are lifted. The IAA Board plans to host several interactive web-based IAA Meetups over the coming weeks as a way to bring members together to share information and resources with one another from around the world. The first Meetup will allow for moderated discussion about infection control guidelines and other resources for mitigating exposure risk while providing patient care once it is safe to do so. There will be opportunities for members to ask questions, consult with colleagues, and share their own experiences.

We will provide more details about how and when to join the first Meetup soon. If there are specific topics that you would like us to cover in the future, or if you're interesting in presenting, please let us know!

Thank you for staying connected as we work together to navigate a challenging time. Take good care.

COVID-19 Resources

American Dental Association Guidance

http://www.ADA.org/virus

 

The CDC Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/control-recommendations.html





Council of State Governments for Closure Orders

https://web.csg.org/covid19/executive-orders/


World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019