Since the coronavirus crisis began, many pool owners have worried that using their pool could add to the spread of the virus.
But according to a communication from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pool owners have nothing to worry about. They can continue to use their pools without worry that their pool water is infected with the virus. Proper pool care and the use of the most common pool chemicals should take care of their concerns.
Safe from Coronavirus
“There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools, hot tubs, or spas, or water playgrounds,” the CDC stated on its website. “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.”
But while treated pool water itself is safe from the virus, pool users should still follow social distancing recommendations to prevent spreading the virus between each other, the agency cautioned.
“While there is ongoing community spread of COVID-19, there should be appropriate care taken both in and outside the pool, to protect yourself and others,” the CDC stated. “Owners and operators of community pools, hot tubs, or spas should follow interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19.”
Because of local stay at home orders, most public pools, school pools, private pool clubs, and water parks are closed until officials give the all-clear. But homeowners can safely use their backyard pools and hot tubs throughout the crisis as long as they are properly maintained and swimmers follow the social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC and state government officials.
Keep at least six feet away from other people in public places at all times, wash your hands frequently including before and after using your pool, and wear facial masks whenever you leave your home.