Safe to Swim During COVID-19?

Play it Smart When Heading to the Pool This Summer

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One of the best ways to make a splash every summer is by heading to your nearest swimming pool. With the health concerns surrounding COVID-19, some community pools are foregoing opening at all this summer while swimmers are left wondering if it is safe to take the plunge at all.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through the water used in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Proper operation and disinfection of these areas should kill the virus that causes COVID-19. Lakes and oceans are also safe from a transmission standpoint due to the vast size of the bodies of water.

“It’s nice because families need to get out and do activities and this is a safe activity that they can do,” said Dr. Robin Punsalan, pediatrician, OSF HealthCare. “Your public pools may start to open as we transition into Phase 4 soon and those with limited capacity should be safe to go and use. Now your private pool is going to be safer than your public one because you’re also worried about who is going to be around you. So social distancing rules still apply. You should stay in your family unit and stay six feet away from other people. If you can’t maintain the six feet distance and you’re not in the pool you should be wearing a mask.”

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