Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 has gained a lot of media coverage as it begins to spread. We would like to take this opportunity to share some
vaping advice and simple practices to help you protect yourself and your e-cigarette & to try and combat any concerns you may have during this period.


ARE SMOKERS MORE AT RISK?.
Chief medical within the department for health England has warned that coronavirus poses a greater risk to smokers, as they are more likely to suffer from respiratory problems and their immune system can be suppressed due to large number of  harmful chemicals found in cigarettes. Deborah ar, chief executive explains.

“Smokers are more 2x more likely to get respiratory infections and twice as likely to develop pneumonia as non-smokers”
“Quitting smoking is good for your health in so many ways and smokers should see coronavirus as further motivation to give quitting a go to build up their body’s defences now before coronavirus becomes widespread”

TIPS TO ELIMINATE FURTHER RISK.

1. Do not sample e-liquids in retail stores.
2. Carry antibacterial hand wipes or gel.
3. Use contactless payment methods over chip & pin.
4. Washing hands for longer than 30 seconds at a time.

WHO IS MORE AT RISK IN GENERAL?

People above the age of 80. Around 15% of people in that age group died from the disease in one set of patients.  People who also have underlying health conditions like high blood pressure, kidney disease, cancer, or diabetes are also more likely to get very sick or die from COVID-19. Around 9% of people with diabetes who contracted the virus died, for example, as did around 8% of people with high blood pressure. The CDC also recommends that people in this group avoid crowds, stick close to home, and stock up on medication for their condition if they’re able to.

Keeping your e-cigarette devices clean.
While the risk of catching the virus is still very low in the United Kingdom, health officials have advised that the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to be vigilant about personal hygiene & keeping any items and the environment you're in clean. This includes vigorously washing your hands multiple times a day with soap or alcohol-based products, catching the virus before it goes airborne by coughing and sneezing into a tissue and throwing it away immediately, Not forgetting to clean your mobile, keyboards and any other regularly used possessions. This extends for vaping too

We strongly advise not to share your e-cigarette device with other people, even with family members. If you believe someone may have used your device without asking, it's time to get the disinfectant out and clean it thoroughly before using it again. The most accessible and most simple way to clean your device is to use antibacterial disinfectant wipes or gel with a concentration of 60% to 95% ethanol or isopropanol, which will help eliminate any bacteria and viruses from the device, tank & mouthpieces. 

KEEP hydrated 
Using an e-cigarette frequently can actually leave you a little dehydrated so we recommend always carrying a bottle of water with you to keep you hydrated throughout the day. Long term dehydration can also weaken the immune system which leaves holes in your body's natural defense. 

OUR SUMMARY.
While the chances of catching COVID-19 are still fairly low in the United Kingdom, we recommend that you begin to implement these simple practices as part of your daily routine.

PRACTICE.
1. Using Anti-Bacterial wipes or gel on personal belonging (mobile, laptops, keyboard etc)
2. Clean your vape devices regularly.  
3. Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
4. Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
5. Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available.
6. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
7. Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterward.
8. Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus.
9. Only travel on public transport if you need to.
10. Work from home if you are within the high-risk groups. 
11. Avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres, and cinemas.
12. Avoid events with large groups of people.

AVOID.
1. Using other people's vape devices, including sample stations in vape shops.
2. Shaking hands.
3. D
o not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
4. D
o not have visitors to your home, including friends and family if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
5. Visiting Doctors or Hospital emergency rooms 
(A&E) without prior notice.

“The United Kingdom needs to look after each other and provide extra care for the elderly and those who are at the greatest risk. For many of us, COVID-19 could be as simple as having the flu, but for many, it could also be the difference between life and death.” - Be smart & be kind!

ADDITIONAL SOURCES.
BBC News - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51703892