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Diving In An Era of COVID-19

Douglas Ebersole, MD, is a recreational and technical diving instructor, physician consultant for the Divers Alert Network, the medical advisor for RAID International and a COVID-19 survivor.

As such, he has some really interesting thoughts on when it might be safe to get back out on the water and go diving.

In a blog post published on the RAID website, Ebersole writes about how he tested positive for COVID-19 after seeing a patient in his cardiology clinic for an unrelated condition who seemed quite short of breath. While the patient eventually recovered, Ebersole himself — who was wearing an N95 when he saw the patient — after a few days began developing a cough and profound fatigue followed by fever.

According to Ebersole:

“I ended up testing positive and spent the next couple of weeks quarantined at home. I have now recovered and will be going back to work this week and look forward to returning to diving. More on that later. I am definitely one of the lucky ones. Thousands of others have been hospitalized, required ventilators, and have died. Our thoughts and prayers should go out to those patients and their families.”

His blog post goes into a great amount of detail about how to return to diving and what precautions divers should take once lockdowns in various countries are lifted.

Check out his full blog at

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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