Can You Get Coronavirus From A Swimming Pool?

Can You Get Coronavirus From A Swimming Pool?

Can You Get Coronavirus From A Swimming Pool?

Can You Get Coronavirus From A Swimming Pool?
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We have been receiving numerous inquiries recently regarding the possibility of catching the Coronavirus from water in a swimming pool. So, can you really get Coronavirus from a swimming pool? The short answer is NO, you cannot get the Coronavirus from properly sanitized swimming pool water (most commonly sanitized by the use of chlorine).

The new CDC report states that "There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of swimming pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of swimming pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19".

If you have a private, home swimming pool, where you are familiar with your family members or guests who are using the pool, properly sanitized water will not transmit Coronavirus. So you are pretty safe using your own pool in your own home. But if you do think that someone may have brought the virus into your swimming pool area for some reason, simply super shocking the pool water and hosing down the surrounding areas with a chlorine bleach solution will definitely kill any residual virus contaminants.

In private (homeowner) swimming pools, the standard recommended chlorine levels are still fine (1.5 ppm - 3.0 ppm). Shocking the swimming pool weekly, or after a party or gathering is always a good idea, regardless of Coronavirus.

Can You Get Coronavirus From People In A Swimming Pool With You?

There are a few concerns you should be aware of when using a public or shared swimming pool with people who may have been infected with the virus. You could still get it from any infected people using the pool with you - if they are coughing or sneezing on you. Just like the flu or the common cold, Coronavirus is an airborne transmitted disease. However remember that it cannot survive in chlorinated water - period. In other words, the water in the pool will not harbor the virus; it will kill it.

In facilities where they are handling Coronavirus patients or quarantined people who may have contracted the virus, they frequently use a chlorine bleach solution to wipe down and clean areas to ensure the virus has been killed. This is why it's important to understand that swimming pool water, in and of itself, would not transmit Coronavirus provided that...

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