With swimming pool season upon us, you may be wondering how the coronavirus will affect your ability to enjoy a cool dip on a hot summer’s day. We know that the virus can last up to three days on some surfaces. But can it be transmitted in your pool? Are you and your family safe? Here’s what you need to know.
No evidence it spreads in water
First things first – the CDC has stated that there is no evidence the coronavirus can be spread through the water in pools or hot tubs. In addition, they say that the proper operation of pools and disinfecting the water with bromine or chlorine should kill the virus. Scientists concur that the virus can’t reproduce in water and that COVID-19 is not a water-borne illness.
Proper maintenance is important
The important thing to understand from the CDC’s statement is that proper pool maintenance is essential. You need to keep on top of regular maintenance if you own a pool or you’re selling a home with a pool. You should check both the chlorine and pH levels at least once a week, especially if you’re using the pool regularly. Of course, if you or anyone in your family is feeling sick, then you should avoid the pool completely.
Don’t just focus on the pool
In a residential pool, it’s not just the water that you should be focusing your attention on. You need to be sure to clean, disinfect, and sanitize the entire pool area. This means regularly sanitizing pool chairs and toys. Wash down the pool deck with chlorinated water. This is especially important in any area where puddles may form. In addition, wash all your pool towels after each use in hot water. And don’t use a pool towel that someone else has just been using. While the coronavirus does not spread in water, coming into contact with other surfaces around the pool can spread it.
Practice social distancing
If you’re planning on hosting friends or family that don’t live with you, then you should continue to practice social distancing while you’re in and around the pool. Keep the number of guests limited. Avoid coming within six feet of anyone that doesn’t live in your home. If you’re simply soaking in the pool and not going underwater, wear a facemask. Keep pool chairs and loungers six feet apart.
Good hygiene is a must
In addition to following all the advice given above, you and your guests need to practice proper hygiene. Anyone that will be getting into the pool should shower before swimming. Any contaminants that people bring into the pool on their bodies can use up the chlorine in the pool. This makes less chlorine available to kill bacteria and viruses like the coronavirus. You should also shower after you leave the pool, in case you’ve come into contact with the virus on any surfaces.
By using a little caution and regularly maintaining your pool, you can enjoy the water all summer long. In fact, if you’re planning to stay home as much as possible over the coming weeks, then your pool can become a real oasis and a great way to relax, recharge, stay fit, and entertain the kids.
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