Dr. Frank Hartig heads the emergency department in Innsbruck (Austria, Tyrol) and is the responsible crisis coordinator / disaster officer for Covid-19 patients. Around six divers, which his team took care of, recovered from Covid-19 but they received preliminary bad news regarding their medical fitness to dive:
Bottom line is: If you are an active diver who survived Covid-19, get thourougly examined by an experienced diving doctor, even if your medical fitness to dive certificate is still valid!
- Here a German report (English translation) about an entrepreneur and diving instructor, who returned from Mexico after a three weeks diving vacation. He suffered from Covid-19, had severe symptoms and spent five days in the ICU.
- An article by DIVE Magazine referencing the aforementioned article by Dr. Hartig as well as a report by the Belgian Society for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine that gives advice to scuba divers who may have had Covid-19.
- A position paper by the European Underwater and Baromedical Society in various languages.
- A joint position paper by DLRG/GTÜM/VDST (PDF, DE), where they also point out that the article by Dr. Hartig is based on professional observations and not a scientific study.