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Disinfecting second stages.

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by CaveSloth, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Manta Ray

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    Do I need to soak my gear after diving in the fresh water springs of Florida or Mexico?

    I kinda want to disinfect the regs which have been in my mouth or my buddy's mouth, at least.

    Can I use Star San (Food grade phosphoric acid used in home brewing and wine making. 1 oz per 5 gallons. No rinse.) or do I need to use something else?
     
  2. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

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    Is this Coronavirus related? If not for having some genuine reason to fear you or your buddy has a disease, I would say just rinse in tap water. The solution to pollution is dilution.
     
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  3. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Manta Ray

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    I think like 80% of people have HSV1 so I am trying to keep my negative status with that. I would bet that thousands have contracted HSV1 from the dumb primary donate rule and training exercises.

    I am not trolling. I really am just this weird.
     
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  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Steramine is the standard disinfectant used for rebreathers. If you're that paranoid about it, then that's what I would use.
     
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  5. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Manta Ray

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  6. StefinSB

    StefinSB Manta Ray

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    It is always a great idea to rinse your regs with tap water after driving in a fresh water spring. Really.
     
  7. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Manta Ray

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    LOL why do I sense sarcasm?
     
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  8. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    because you should have titled the thread disinfecting second stages instead of soaking gear after fresh water diving....
     
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  9. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Manta Ray

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    Done!
     
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  10. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    80%? Good heavens, where do you live?
    You are aware that most cases of HSV1 are contracted as a child, and that most are asymptomatic?

    You are also aware that if such a high percentage of those around you have HSV1 then it doesn't matter if they take your primary or not....they already have it, and don't get it twice. Also, do you suppose that the movement of the reg from one mouth to another might possibly rinse it off the mouthpiece?

    There are also asteroids coming perilously near the earth; that is surely putting in you more jeopardy than a primary donate...unless you are out of air....
     

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