The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is postponing its annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference previously scheduled for April 3-5, 2020, in Washington, D.C., due to recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
“ADAO believes it is best to put the health and safety of our community first,” the agency said in an email. “After conversations with medical experts and ADAO board members, we feel this is the best path at this time.”
The news comes just days after the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced that it was postponing its annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, scheduled for April 6-7, in San Antonio, due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
“This decision comes after careful deliberation and consultation with experts in the medical field who focus on the care of mesothelioma patients, as well as a review of new information released today regarding the risk to patients with thoracic malignancies,” the organization said in a news release.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges in severity from very mild to severe. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus is particularly dangerous to older individuals and those with existing medical conditions, especially those with respiratory conditions, like mesothelioma patients.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a mineral that is used in construction and shipbuilding materials, brakes and brake pads. It also been found to contaminate talc used in baby powder and cosmetics. Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure can take up to five decades to develop.
Beasley Allen attorneys are looking at cases of industrial, occupational and secondary asbestos exposure resulting in lung cancer or mesothelioma as well as claims of asbestos-related talc products linked to mesothelioma.