Intractable airsickness associated with COVID-19: A case report

H. Talebi Bezmin Abadi, A. T.B. Abadi, A. A. Farahani, M. Darvishi

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A 29-yr-old male Melicopter co-pilot with high flight hours in air transport missions of the patients with COVID-19 tested positive for his RT-PCR due to clinical suspicion. With the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, he was treated based on the national protocol and stayed in the home quarantine for two weeks. Having been released for flying, he faced nausea, vomiting, facial cold sweat and pallor, dizziness, and imbalance that eventually caused flying avoidance during the three first flights. He has never had a similar problem or any predisposing factors during his pilot's training and afterwards. All the probable reasons ruled out after a complete assessment. Following the diagnosis of moderate airsickness, he was abstained from flying and treated with different prevention and rehabilitation techniques. None of them had enough clinical efficacies, applying the United States Air Force Preventive Airsickness Protocol as the last choice. Despite the three separate consecutive therapeutic courses, no significant clinical improvement was observed, and could not return to fly, yet. That is the first reported case of intractable airsickness in a flight crew that may be associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

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