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Donít Worry about Coronavirus in Your Scuba Tank

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We've heard a few divers are concerned that the gas in their tank might be contaminated with the Coronavirus, but you can relax.

To begin, operators are instructed to position the air intake for a compressor well away from any contamination source, such as carbon-monoxide from hydrocarbon fueled engine exhausts or smoke from a cigarette or even a spliff. The intake, normally at the end of a long pipe, is positioned to suck in 'fresh' air. On dive vessels with compressors, it's usually high up on the top deck, for example....


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