Are you waiting for your summer holidays, lounging and relaxation by the swimming pool? Is the pandemic going to ruin all your plans and summer dreams? The coronavirus will not dash your summer dreams for sure. By the way, the CDC has recently stated that the virus will not spread through the pool and spas.
Nowadays many people, especially homeowners, raise a question about the safety of swimming in a pool. We would like to clarify some concerns regarding the Coronavirus spreading in spas and swimming pools.
It is advised to follow some rules and guidelines because of the Coronavirus.
- Wear a mask.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Practice social distance.
- Disinfect surfaces, etc.
Without any doubt, it is extremely hard to keep to these rules while doing water sports, swimming, actually, being in the water. Experts from all over the world say that this virus is not in the water. Nobody has to worry about it. Rasmussen A., a virologist at the University of Columbia, said: “There probably is a theoretical possibility you could get infected by the Coronavirus from the pool water itself, but it’s so negligible it’s probably effectively zero”.
Firstly, it is easier to catch the virus while another person’s coughing, talking, shaking hands, sneezing than in the water. Swimming pools are not the main way of spreading the Coronavirus.
Secondly, all swimming pools are adequately sanitized and operated correctly, so the transition of any viruses and bacteria in the water is impossible. Chlorine and bromine are required while sanitizing the pools. They help to prevent the potential risk of different viruses, including the Coronavirus.
If you have a swimming pool or are going to build it, you should follow some of these extremely important tips:
- Pool sanitation. You need to test the pool chemistry every week. Remember that pH levels are very important.
- Wash pool towels and deck with chlorinated water.
- If you see that somebody is not feeling well, keep him/her out of the swimming pool.
- Sanitize poolside, in-pool furniture.
While you are in the swimming pool, try to
- stay 6 feet away from people. It doesn’t matter, you’re in or out of the water;
- don’t share food or drinks with anyone;
- don’t touch your face;
- use hand sanitizer or wash your hands;
- wear a face covering when you aren’t in the pool.
Nowadays, many people think that “Staycations” will be the best option for them because of the Coronavirus spreading. Swimming pools will be the safest and the best place to relax and forget about different problems. Just imagine you are going down a water slide, having a swimming party, or relaxing in a spa.
To sum up, it is almost impossible to catch a viral illness from a swimming pool. Many people can swim without getting sick because the water is sterile. Some treatment chemicals in public or private swimming pools such as chlorine, bromine inactivate the virus. It is important to know that outdoor areas have a lower risk of virus transmission than indoor spaces. There’s also no evidence that the coronavirus spreads through the water in hot tubs, pools, spas.
Don’t worry and enjoy your life!