Vaping and the coronavirus (Covid-19)
The outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) has dominated the news as of late and has many people worried, including vapers.
Being that the majority of vape products are produced by countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak, it has had a huge impact on the vaping world. Not only has production slowed on vaping products, but have many vapers have voiced their concerns about contracting the virus through their e-cigarette.
This article will aim to answer some of the common questions that we have received regarding the coronavirus, how it is affecting the vaping industry and how to protect yourself from germs and bacteria.
Can I contract the coronavirus from vaping an e-cigarette?
There are many ways that you can contract the coronavirus, one of which is through sharing items with an individual that is already infected. If someone infected with the coronavirus uses your e-cigarette and you, in turn, use the e-cig without cleaning it, there is a chance that you can contract the virus yourself. It goes without saying, but we strongly advise that you do not share your vaping products with anybody. Sharing an e-cigarette will lead to the transfer of bacteria and germs, and strongly increase the chances of virus transmission. If it slips your mind and you allow someone to use your e-cigarette, thoroughly clean the tank and mod before you use it again.
How to clean your e-cigarette
Cleaning your e-cigarette is the most effective way of ensuring that the coronavirus is not present on your device. As stated above, it is highly unlikely that your product will be contaminated, however, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Below we have outlined a simple, yet effective, method of cleaning your e-cigarette:
- Fill a bowl with warm water. Add a few dashes of dish soap for good measure.
- Detach the tank from your mod and completely disassemble your tank.
- Place tank components into the bowl.
- Thoroughly wash the tank components in water until they’re clean.
- Dry off each component with a paper towel.
- Let them stand and air dry for 10-15 minutes.
- Reassemble tank and device.
- Wipe the mod down with a paper towel and some disinfectant.
Following these very simple steps will result in a squeaky clean e-cigarette, free of any nasty bacteria or germs.
Staying hydrated when vaping
Hydration is an important part of daily life and becomes even more crucial when it comes to staving off viruses. Dehydration can cause your immune system to weaken, making you more susceptible to illnesses. Luckily, ensuring that you are hydrated is an easy process and a practice that everyone can begin immediately. First and foremost, you’ll need to drink lots of water! Drinking some good quality water is the easiest way to keep dehydration at bay. It’s recommended to drink eight glasses of water a day, however, if you are a frequent vaper, we advise that you increase your water consumption. It never hurts to keep a bottle of water nearby when you vape.
Will products shipped from around the world contain the coronavirus?
According to studies, it is very unlikely that your new products will contain traces of the coronavirus, however, it is still better to err on the side of caution. The virus is able to survive on surfaces for a few days, however, it needs the perfect conditions to remain active for such a long period of time. The travel conditions, coupled with the length of time from factory to store, virtually eliminates all possibility of the virus being present on your products when it arrives at your door. As a precautionary measure, we recommend cleaning any new products that you receive and cleaning your e-cigarette if it has been handled by someone other than yourself.
Is there going to be a shortage of vaping products?
As mentioned earlier, the majority of the products used in the vaping industry are produced in countries that have been affected by the coronavirus. With the outbreak of the virus came mass shutdowns of factories and production centres. In addition, roadblocks, quarantines and travel restrictions had essentially halted all manufacturing of vaping products for a long period of time. Although the factories have started to re-open and resume production, it will still be a while until proceedings are back to normal. We advise stocking up on enough vape products to last you for the next 4-6 weeks to ensure that you aren't left short. You can head in to your nearest Ecigwizard store or have a look through our website to find vape kits, accessories, e-liquid or any other vaping product that you need.
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