COVID-19 and Diving: November 2020 Update

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, a pandemic. Its impact on the global economy has been profound, and nonessential leisure activities, including tourism, have suffered a devastating effect. Divers worldwide have expressed significant concerns about the disease’s implications for fitness to dive. Here is what we know eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presented by DAN’s Chief Medical Officer James Chimiak, M.D., Director of Medical Services Matias Nochetto, M.D., and Assistant Director of Medical Services Camilo Saraiva, M.D., MBA.


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