Is It Safe to Swim During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Is It Safe to Swim During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Is It Safe to Swim During the Pandemic?

There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads through water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas, according to experts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That’s because disinfectants used to clean water – including chlorine and bromine – should kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

The potential for COVID-19 to spread at pools, lakes, and beaches relates to crowds attracted to these places. The virus can spread from person to person on the deck of the pool or as children and adults play and relax at beaches and lakes.

Can the Virus Spread in Swimming Pools?

No. As far as experts know, there has been no transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 through water in pools or hot tubs as long as they are properly maintained and disinfected.

Unlike bacteria, which can survive in water that is not properly cleaned, viruses don’t survive well on their own in water, in the air or on surfaces.

Does the Virus Spread in Saltwater Pools?

No. If these pools are working properly, they use filtration systems that convert salt into chlorine which dissolves in water to keep the pool safe.

[Content courtesy of uchealth]