Mother swimming in a pool with her child during COVID-19
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Swimming During COVID-19: Is Water Safe This Summer?

Jun 1 2020

We now know that COVID-19 mainly spreads through the cough or sneeze droplets of an infected person. However, as we enter summer and swimming season, some individuals may still have questions when it comes to this virus and water.

Check out these questions below to learn more about safety when it comes to COVID-19 and water.

Does COVID-19 spread through tap water?

COVID-19 has yet to be detected in drinking water. The systems that disinfect and treat our water are able to either inactivate or remove the virus from our water supply.

Use tap water as you normally would and definitely use it to wash your hand regularly. The best way you can prevent COVID-19 is by using soap and water to wash your hands many times throughout the day. If water is not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

Hydration and health go hand in hand during the warm summer months. Make sure you are drinking water on a consistent basis throughout your day, especially when you are physically active.

What about recreational water, does COVID-19 spread in pools?

As of now, there is nothing that shows COVID-19 can spread person-to-person through water in hot tubs, water playgrounds, pools and other recreational water. When these places are cleaned, disinfected and maintained properly the virus is either removed or killed.

If you decide to visit one of these public places to swim this summer, it is still critical to keep your space from others. Stay at least six feet away from people who do not live in your household. If you have kids, make sure they are being watched at all times while in the pool area.

Public places with a pool, park, lake or beach that have decided to reopen will have specific COVID-19 rules for its visitors to follow this summer. Look these rules up and review them before your arrival.

Also, think twice about going to a public place if you or someone in your household is high-risk for COVID-19. Even though it is tempting with the warmer weather, it is still important for these high-risk individuals to limit their overall exposure to others.

Learning more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has got you covered when it comes to all types of water safety this summer. Visit their website to get educated on their safety tips.

Stay updated on what Bon Secours is doing related to COVID-19.

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