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We know that this particular virus strain is highly contagious and is spreading worldwide and fast! Here is a list of tips that will help diminish the possibility of infection if you happen to be an avid hookah user.
Don’t share hookahs
As fun as group smoking sessions are, due to the worldwide health crisis with this new coronavirus strain, it is time to put a stop to these activities. Even if you use a different hose for each participant, the virus can still be pushed into the base during exhale and drawn back up when inhaled. So, to be on the safe side, stop sharing hookahs!
Clean all equipment
Make sure to regularly, before and after a session, to clean your equipment in order to eliminate any lingering germs. The go-to cleaning solution will depend on what materials your hookah is made up of. Hydrogen Peroxide is known not to damage silicone or metal. Another option is using 4 teaspoons of bleach per 1 quart of water or an Isopropyl Alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol, though over time, your equipment might discolor or get damaged.
Also, if the hookah happens not to be yours, such as in a public lounge or a friend’s house, then make sure they are also disinfecting all parts properly before using it.
Be more careful when smoking hookah
It is wise to be aware of the fact that smoking (vaping, hookah, cigars, and more) can create complications or hinder your body’s ability to deal with and heal from this virus. If taking a break is not a solution for you, then be advised that you should only use the best of quality tobacco and coals.
Learn about the virus
Thanks to social media, there are thousands of reports about the COVID 19 virus and many are inconclusive, inaccurately sourced, or blatant lies. Always fact check any rumor, news or word-of-mouth with credible resources on your own terms.
A lowered immune system is not only caused by infirmity, but by a stress and other emotional factors. Take precaution but do not let it overwhelm you into a panic or a frenzy. Do whatever activity you must in order to relax your body and your mind, but without leaving your house if possible. In order to reduce damage from this virus we must all work together in taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves and those around us.
*The information provided is solely based on opinion and shall not be taken as medical advice. Always consult a physician for all medical advice and stay up to date by following expert sources.