Safe Scuba Diving During COVID-19: Clear your mind!
March 21, 2020
Safe Scuba Diving During COVID-19: Clear your mind! At the end of 2019, pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus 2019 (nCoV) emerged in Wuhan city, China, and now spread to everywhere. On the psychology side feeling depressed, stressed and anxious among the people far more dangerous than the virus itself.
If 5 people are infected, but 5000 people have stressed due to fear of this virus then the psychological impact is indeed another effect of COVID 19.
There is an increasing number of cases in several EU/EEA countries without epidemiological links to explain the source of transmission.
In a state of stress, you can not leave the house and even economic paralysis, at that time you need entertainment at home and follow government advice.
If it is forced, rather than you experiencing more severe stress, maybe you can find information on a suitable vacation during COVID-19. Preferred holidays are not to the point that is prone to viral infections or crowds that have the potential to spread at the fastest rate.
make sure you are on vacation to a place that is not prone to the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
wear a mask if you are traveling to a faraway place or a place with a lot of people, especially at the point where many outbreaks are found.
Be careful, but that does not mean you have to be afraid of overreacting, this virus can even die on its own if you have strong immunity. because a strong immune system will make the body fight against this disease.
Safe Scuba Diving During COVID-19 Does scuba diving risk the spread of the COVID-19 virus?
PROPERLY DISINFECT YOUR DIVE GEAR
In relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, questions have arisen in the dive community about disease transmission when using rental equipment.
With the threat of coronavirus on everyone’s minds, divers want to know what precautions are being taken against the spread of disease. Preliminary information suggests that the new Coronavirus may survive a few hours on surfaces.
In any case, properly sanitizing equipment is paramount, in particular:
Second stage / Regulator mouthpiece
BCD oral inflator
The inside of your mask
Keep the following in mind:
Household cleaners are as effective against COVID-19 as they are against the common cold and flu viruses. In this regard, we recommend the use of a solution of 1% aqueous solution of sodium hypochlorite (bleach) with an application time of > 15 minutes, taking care of the solution reaches every part (total immersion). Be sure to use the product following the manufacturer’s instructions and rinse with fresh water.
For common surfaces (tables, handles, switches, chairs, etc.) we recommend using only products approved for surface disinfection, such as sprays, wipes or suitable disinfectants.
Products that are commonly used to clean dive gear but are ineffective against coronavirus include antibacterial and chlorhexidine mouthwashes or sprays. There is no evidence that the application of hot soapy water is effective with regard to disinfection, except at temperatures > 40°C and for application times > 20 minutes (e.g. machine wash). The use of approved surface disinfection products, such as sprays, wipes, etc., with procedures other than total immersion in a sodium hypochlorite solution as indicated above, does not guarantee the disinfection of diving equipment.