Are Swimming Pools Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Tips for Safely Enjoying the Water

| May 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

By Savannah Koplon

Visiting the pool or lake is synonymous with summer fun. As hot weather approaches, parents and swimmers alike are concerned about what COVID-19 means for water-based activities this summer. The key question people have is whether COVID-19 can be transmitted through pool water.

“If a pool is maintained with chlorine or bromine, and managed, there is a very low chance of getting coronavirus through the water,” said Dr. Ellen Eaton, assistant professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases. “Years of research around pool maintenance ensures that, if a pool is using the chemicals per standard guidelines, it’s a relatively sterile environment. Although there are some viruses and parasites that are waterborne, coronaviruses are not among them.”

Eaton cautions poolgoers to worry less about coronavirus spreading through water, but rather, focus more on practicing proper physical distancing and hygiene tips when near the water.

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