Now that summer is just around the corner and the weather is getting warmer in Albuquerque, no doubt you’ve been thinking about taking a dip in the pool. If you have your own pool, count your blessings. But if you live in a community in Albuquerque that has a community pool, is it safe to use? If and when your community has opened the pool, here’s some things to consider.
Can you get coronavirus from water in swimming pools?
According to the latest research, water itself poses no danger of spreading the virus. In fact, the chlorine and bromine in water can inactivate the virus and make it even less likely for the water to transmit it. According to Dr. Ebb Lautenbach, chief of infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine: “The bug isn’t transmitted via a waterborne route. Chlorine and bromine that are in pools inactivate the virus and makes it even lower risk in terms of catching it from the water.”
Also, the CDC confirmed this in their recent guidelines for operating swimming pools during the coronavirus pandemic that, “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas.”
But just because you can’t get it from the water doesn’t give the all-clear to storm the pool in droves.
The CDC is still concerned about the virus spreading through close proximity. Here’s what they recommend:
Keep your distance: The 6 foot rule still very much applies to swimming pools, whether or not your HOA is enforcing it. You should avoid the pool if there are large amounts of people there. Also try to avoid gatherings if social distancing cannot be maintained, according to the CDC.
Keep clean: This just can’t be stressed enough. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and make sure to wash your hands often. Be aware of frequently touched surfaces at the pool, like door handles, handrails, lounge chairs, and tabletops.
Bring your own disinfectant: Your pool should be stocked with cleaning supplies and applying advanced procedures for keeping areas disinfected. But you should still bring your own supplies just in case, such as soap, hand sanitizer, and wipes.
Wear a mask, when appropriate: You shouldn’t wear a maks when swimming, as it can restrict breathing. But if you’re out of the pool and social distancing is difficult, wearing a mask is recommended by the CDC.
Know when to stay home: Of course, stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
Don’t share objects: Be careful not to share pool toys or other items, such as food with neighbors.
If your community does open the pool, all you need to do is be aware of your surroundings and take common sense measures to protect yourself and your neighbors.
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