In light of the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus( COVID-1 9 ), questions have arisen in the dive community about illnes transmitting in order to use rental equipment, especially regulators. With the threat of coronavirus on everyoneas intellects, divers want to know what precautions are being taken against the spread of cancer. Properly sanitizing equipment is paramount. Keep the following in mind 😛 TAGEND
According to the CDC, household cleaners are as effective against COVID-1 9 as they are against the common cold and flu viruses. Therefore, cleaning and sterilizing equipment meant for personal employ( such as second-stage regulators, masks, snorkels and BCD oral inflators) is very important.
Equipment can be effectively sanitized by submerging it in a 10% bleach solution or employing a clean product such as Steramine tablets or any other quaternary ammonium compound. Be sure to use these products according to the manufactureras directions and then rinse the equipment with fresh water.
Products that are commonly used to clean dive gear but are ineffective against coronavirus include antibacterial and chlorhexidine mouthwashes or sprays. Hot soapy water must be paired with mechanical action such as scrubbing with a soft toothbrush to be effective.
If youare a diver using rental gear and would like to take extra steps to protect yourself from transmissible diseases, thoroughly wipe the following equipment with a household disinfecting wipe and then rinse with fresh water before use 😛 TAGEND Regulator mouthpiece Snorkel BCD oral inflator The inside of your mask