DDRC Healthcare Conducting Research Into Effects of Covid-19 on Scuba Divers

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DDRC Healthcare has launched an anonymous questionnaire for divers regarding their experience of Covid-19. The survey is part of the charity's ongoing commitment to improving diver safety through research into the many different aspects of health and fitness that are associated with scuba diving.

The advent of Covid-19 has raised some questions for scuba divers. It is caused by the previously unknown SARS-CoV-2 virus which attacks the respiratory system and, in severe cases, may cause damage to the heart. It has already been shown that some people, even those who have had only mild symptoms of the disease, are experiencing ongoing health problems after recovery. The long term effects on divers are currently unknown, however, even at this early stage, there are concerns regarding lung function.

DDRC Healthcare has lung function data for many divers from years of previous diver medicals, and is able to compare results from before and after infection with Covid-19 to see if there is a significant difference. Results could help to better inform scuba divers about a safe return to the water and improve our overall understanding of how the novel coronavirus may affect otherwise healthy people.

The DDRC survey consists of 14 questions related to Covid-19 which should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous and the data received will be used only for the purposes of research.

Complete the survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P3DGD6B

For more information, or if you are a diver who has had COVID-19 and would like to help the DDRC in future research please contact the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information around diving research and medical care can be found at www.ddrc.org

 

 

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