There’s a pandemic worldwide that leaves a lot of uncertainty about your safety out in your town, shopping centers, stores. But what about covid-19 in swimming pools? Can the Corona Virus be transmitted in a swimming pool? Will my kids be able to swim this summer?
Most public pools are closed down now. This isn’t because COVID-19 in swimming pools is a real danger. It’s because people are asked to stay home to isolate and a public or community pool like the YMCA is a place that people mingle. Covid-19 is easily transmitted from person to person, either through sneezing, coughing and exhaling droplets into the air. So the more distance there is between people, the safer we’ll all be.
Covid-19 can live on hard surfaces for a substantial length of time. So the CDC recommends disinfecting surfaces in your home, areas frequently touched like light switches, countertops, tables, chair backs, door handles.
Does Covid-19 live in swimming pool water? Actually, no, the chemicals used to keep pool water clean have the same chemical makeup as bleach, which is one of the disinfectants recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). So when corona virus lands in the water, it cannot subsist. The pool chemicals quickly kill it.
Can covid-19 spread through water in swimming pools?
Per the CDC:
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools, hot tubs or spas, or water playgrounds. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
When the weather warms up, and it’s time to jump in, don’t worry about corona virus living in your pool. It’s just not welcome there. Your pool chemicals make for an inhospitable environment.
Update April 25, 2020: The Corona Virus Press Briefings held at the White House have generated a lot of confusion about using bleach and disinfectants to clear any COVID-19 in the body. Do not drink pool water, bleach or any disinfectant – these can be toxic and can result in injury or even death – and will not result in ridding your body of COVID-19. If you have symptoms of CoronaVirus, such as dry cough, prolonged fever, and/or shortness of breath, get medical attention or call your primary care physician for advice.