With COVID-19 forcing many pools to close down, many people are swimming at home. While this is a great way to stay cool and relax, some people worry about the spread of COVID-19 through pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that there is no evidence that the disease can spread to people through water, proper operation and disinfection as always, goes a long way to keeping things safe. Lakes and oceans are also safe because of the size of the bodies of water. Dr. Robin Punsalan, pediatrician from OSF Healthcare, says that private pools are safer than public ones.
Social distance is still important at pools. Being in close proximity with someone who may be coughing, sneezing, or even laughing could mean getting droplets of covid on you which could get you sick. You can still get covid from person-to-person contact or by touching a contaminated surface. Dr. Punsalan says to bring your own items with you to the pool or the beach.
While COVID-19 is a threat, there are other safety measures to always consider while around water. According to the CDC 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day in America. Of these, two will be children aged 14 or younger. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages 1-14.
When heading out, Dr. Punsalan recommends putting on sunscreen and take frequent breaks in the shade. For more information contact your local physician.