Is It Safe To Use Your Community Pool?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Can you get coronavirus from swimming pools?
First, thenbsp;growing consensusnbsp;among experts is that the possibility of catching the coronavirus outdoors is much lower than indoors. But it is not zero, said the New York Times.
The latest research indicates that the water itself doesnt pose a danger. Theres nothing inherent about ocean water or especially pool water that is risky, Dr. Ebb Lautenbach, chief of infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvanias Pe>
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC confirmed in its 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, said USA Today.nbsp;
So, the problem isnt in the water. But that doesnt mean its safe to run to the pool in droves. In fact, the droves are precisely the issue.
The CDCs concern is about spread through close proximity and unhygienic areas. Among their recommendations are:
Keep your distance"Many homeowners associations are already limiting the number of people allowed in common areas at one time so that everyone can stay at least 6 feet apart, said HOA RESOURCES. But if there are more than six people at your pool, youll have to be even more aware of social distancing techniques. Avoid group events, gatherings, or meetings both in and out of the water if social distancing of at least 6 feet between people who dont live together cannot be maintained, said the CDC.
Keep cleanMake sure to wash hands often and cover sneezes and coughs. It also helps to be aware of frequently touched surfaces at the pool, like door handles, handrails, lounge chairs, and tabletops.
Bring your own disinfectantEspecially now, community pools should be well-stocked with cleaning supplies and should have advanced procedures for keeping common areas disinfected. But it doesnt hurt to be prepared. Stock your swim bag with soap, hand sanitizer, and wipes so you can help everyone stay safe.
Wear a mask, when appropriateThe CDC encourages the use ofnbsp;cloth face coveringsnbsp;as feasible. Face coverings arenbsp;mostnbsp;essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. However, masks shouldnt be worn in the water because they can make it hard to breathe.nbsp;
Know when to stay homeStay home if you havenbsp;symptomsnbsp;of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
Dont share objectsIf you plan to bring accessories like balls, goggles, or pool noodles, be sure theyre not being shared with other people. Discourage people from sharing items that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect or that are meant to come in contact with the face for example, goggles, nose clips, and snorkels, said the Community Associations Institute. Discourage sharing of items such as food, equipment, toys, and supplies with those they dont live with.nbsp;
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