COVID-19 and DAN Europe Membership, Assistance & Insurance

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Even in time of uncertainty and distress, the DAN Europe team is there to help and assist you when in need. Below you find a list of news regarding the COVID-19 emergency. Please keep visiting the page for more updates, and remember the following:
  • Our International Emergency Hotline stays active 24/7. In case of need, call +39 06 42115 685
  • Our membership and insurance representatives are standing by to assist you and answer your questions via email at mail@daneurope.org
  • For non-urgent medical advice, write to medical@daneurope.org
  • Should you experience any difficulty in reaching our Emergency Line or Medical Services via phone, please contact us 24/7 at emergency@daneurope.org

 



06/08/2020 - UPDATE
 

Maldives Update: Access to Hyperbaric Treatment Currently Limited

 

As the new Coronavirus outbreak continues in many areas, this is affecting the availability of medical services linked to diving activities in the archipelago.

According to the latest news:

  • Hyperbaric facility on the Bandos Island resort is currently closed
  • In Kuramathi, the local hyperbaric chamber remains unavailable
  • In Kuredu, the hyperbaric chamber seems to be active and medical staff available

We are in a constantly evolving situation. Keep watching this page for more updates.

For local news, you can also visit the info page by the Ministry of Health, Republic of Maldives: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/en/







28/03/2020 - UPDATE
 

EUBS-ECHM Position Statement on Diving Activities

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts not only the general healthcare system but also ambulance and first aid providers, there is a general agreement that risk-taking activities and sports should take this situation into account.
EUBS (European Undersea and Baromedical Society) and ECHM (European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine) issued an official Position Statement on the advisability of (recreational and professional) diving activities and the performance of Diving Medical Examinations in this current time period.

Position Statement on diving activities

Please note: EUBS/ECHM recommendations imply that "all recreational diving activities, either solo or in buddy pairs, should be suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic" (point #1). Does it mean that diving activities cannot be carried out until the WHO officially declares the end of the pandemic?
Not necessarily. It seems reasonable to deduce that reference here is not made to an official statement by WHO (which could be issued long after strict social limitations imposed by national governments will be lifted). EUBS/ECHM are rather urging the community to abide to rules and recommendations issued by local authorities concerning recreational activities.

The DAN Europe Medical team suggests to all divers to not expose themselves to unnecessary risk in this particular time. This includes limiting diving activities as long as appropriate treatment facilities are not fully available, should DCI or other life-threatening conditions occur.
We will keep on monitoring the situation closely, and will continue to timely inform our diving community on further developments.


 





19/03/2020 - UPDATE
 

Your Most Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19

 

We answer your Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19, in relation to our medical assistance and insurance services


Didn't find the information you were looking for, or have other questions? Please have a look at our FAQ section, or get in touch.

 

 





18/03/2020 - UPDATE
 

Further limitations imposed on travels and considerations on diving activities

 

Everyone is aware of the current crisis and we at DAN are certain that our members will be at the forefront in preventing the spread of disease. It is our obligation to stay safe not just because any risky behaviour will be considered negligence and so compromises our chances of being assisted, but also as leaders in health and safety we should lead by example.

The current coronavirus pandemich has rendered moving individuals from one country to another, even for medical reasons, much more difficult because of the absence of flights other than those organised by governments to repatriate their still healthy citizens. It is very likely that ill individuals will have to be treated in situ, irrespective of availability or otherwise of facilities including diver treatment centres.

Our recommendation to all DAN Members is to not expose themselves to unnecessary risk in this particular time. This includes limiting or refraining from diving activities, beacause of the increasing unavailability of appropriate treatment facilities should DCI occur. Members must take advantage of any opportunity to return home as soon as such an opportunity presents itself, rather than risking to remain trapped in a foreign country for possibly several weeks.

Please remember that it’s of utmost importance to keep yourself informed of the current instructions issued by your country of residence, and those of the country where you currently are, and strictly follow them.

 




17/03/2020 - UPDATE
 

EUBS/ECHM Position Statement on HBOT

 

EUBS (European Undersea and Baromedical Society) and ECHM (European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine) issued a joint, official statement regarding guidelines on hyperbaric treatment.

ECHM Position Statement on HBOT

 




17/03/2020 - UPDATE
 

Maldives Update: Access to Hyperbaric Treatment Currently Limited

 

As the new Coronavirus outbreak continues, its effects started to heavily affect the availability of medical services linked to diving activities in the archipelago.

According to the latest news:

  • The Bandos island (North Ari Atoll) is currently closed, therefore all three hyperbaric chambers are not available, unless a specific HPA request for assistance is made.
  • In Kuramathi the local hyperbaric chamber remains unavailable, even with a HPA permission.
  • In Kuredu, on the other hand, the hyperbaric chamber seems to stay active and medical staff available. However, a permission from local authorities will be needed to bring patients down to the island for treatment.
  • There is a prohibition of movement within the archipelago, from one island to the other: those who are in villages cannot come to Male and vice-versa.


Our recommendation to all DAN Members is not to expose themselves to unnecessary risk in this particular time. This includes limiting or refraining from diving activities, beacause of the increasing unavailability of appropriate treatment facilities should DCI occur.

We are in a constantly evolving situation. Keep watching this page for more updates.

For local news, you can also visit the info page by the Ministry of Health, Republic of Maldives: https://covid19.health.gov.mv/en/

 

 




11/03/2020 - UPDATE
 

COVID-19 and DAN INSURANCE


The novel Coronavirus outbreak has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is a rapidly evolving situation.

Under these circumstances, DAN recommends to strictly follow the indications provided by the local authorities of your country of residence. We can all play an important role in stopping the spread of the virus!

Our assistance team remains available 24/7, via our emergency contacts, for urgent medical questions and to direct you to appropriate care. However, if you decide to travel against the guidelines issued by your Government, you are putting yourself at excessive risk and DAN Europe's insurance may not cover claims caused by Covid-19. Though we cannot ensure coverage of specialized medical care or repatriation expenses, we will always guarantee coverage of the first medical assessment to ensure the stabilization of the patient.

On the other hand, if you have travelled abroad before your Government issued restrictive measures, cover stays active unless your government provides early repatriation from the high risk area which you are expected to accept. In any case, we invite you to contact the relevant authorities and follow their advice on safety procedures.

Please also remember that DAN provides medical insurance, and does not cover trip cancellation.

As a general recommendation, remember to daily update yourself on and follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) advice regarding health.

For more information on your insurance plan, please contact us at mail@daneurope.org.