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SPUMS Withdraws COVID-19 Guidance Documents

The South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) has withdrawn key COVID-19 guidance documents as of January 1st 2024.

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The Society cites reasons for withdrawing the documents as follows:

  • High vaccination rates in Australian and New Zealand populations coupled with lower virulence of current SARS-CoV-2 variants has meant that the health threats from the disease are now reduced.
  • Mild COVID infections in vaccinated divers have not been demonstrated to affect fitness to dive. Divers have successfully returned to diving once asymptomatic.
  • Current expert medical opinion is that COVID-19 infections can be managed in the same way as for other seasonal virus infections.

For more details, visit the SPUMS website

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