Due to the quickly evolving situation regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, VOSH/International recommends suspending all domestic and international chapter clinics until further notice. At a time when the coronavirus is spreading quickly in many parts of the world, the close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment presents significant risk.

Please understand that due to the organizational and legal structure of VOSH/International in relation to its chapters, the organisation cannot direct or control the decisions and/or actions of any chapter. We can only provide our best well-informed guidance given the most up-to-date epidemiological and medical evidence.

VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance.

Please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

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

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO


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