Can you get the Coronavirus in pools?

Some states are announcing the reopening of public pools, while others are temporarily closing them until further notice. This begs the question: Can Coronavirus be spread in pools?

COVID-19 and Public Pools

We’ll get right to the good news. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread in pools, hot tubs, or water play areas. Even so, it’s important that proper cleaning procedures are followed for public pools.

Does chlorine kill Coronavirus?

Because it’s a respiratory virus, it’s spread through the air by tiny droplets of spit and/or mucus — typically done through sneezes or coughs. So if someone spits in the pool, can the virus be spread? While healthcare professionals are still trying to get to the bottom of this, the consensus is that chlorine actually has the propensity to actually inactivate the virus.

What about drinking water?

So we know Coronavirus isn’t spread in pools, but what about drinking water? According to the CDC, we don’t need to worry about COVID-19 in water, as it hasn’t been detected in drinking water so far. Always better safe than sorry, though. So it’s important that we’re all drinking filtered water — at least for the time being.

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