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RTA in a COVID-19 Environment


Zosky, GR and Norris, K and Woods, G and Flies, A, RTA in a COVID-19 Environment, Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Tasmania, Australia (2020) [Contract Report]

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This review was commissioned by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) to address the physiological and psychological risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to Antarctic expeditioners returning to Australia (RTA). We reviewed the literature with a focus on the immunological and psychological impacts of deployment to Antarctica, the return journey and the reintegration process. SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID19 pandemic, is a respiratory pathogen that requires an effective and appropriate immune response. Expeditioners RTA are at heightened risk of adverse health effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection due to the well-documented immunosuppressive effects of spending extended periods in the Antarctic environment. In addition, due to the impact of intolerance of uncertainty, threats to the health of family and friends, changes to societal functioning and delayed RTA, Antarctic expeditioners are at an increased risk of adverse psychological outcomes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, we developed a series of recommendations to mitigate against these heightened physiological and psychological RTA risks.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:Antarctica, immunology, psychology, COVID19
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rural clinical health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Health status (incl. wellbeing)
UTAS Author:Zosky, GR (Professor Graeme Zosky)
UTAS Author:Norris, K (Professor Kimberley Norris)
UTAS Author:Woods, G (Professor Gregory Woods)
UTAS Author:Flies, A (Dr Andy Flies)
ID Code:143153
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-03-02
Last Modified:2021-03-12

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