Having been in quarantine for months, as many states reopen and move towards getting back to normal, many kids are looking towards hitting their local swimming pools to kick-off summer. However, with the Coronavirus still ever present, is it safe to jump in?
Well, recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new guidelines for operating swimming pools during the pandemic. So, if you are about to hit the pools, make sure that you add a face mask to your tote for when you are not in the water!
“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,” the CDC stated on their website. “Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.”
However, the agency did state that, “While there is ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, it is important for individuals as well as owners and operators of these facilities to take steps to ensure health and safety.”
Here are some recommendations for remaining safe pool side:
1. Masks on until you jump in.
The CDC suggests that pool operators “encourage the use of cloth face coverings as feasible. …most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.” Do not wear masks in the water because wet masks make it difficult to breathe.
2. 6 feet apart, in and out of the water
Maintaining the six-foot rule apart both in and out of the water can continue to help with community spread. Parents should make sure that their children can adhere to the six-foot rule and if not, maybe they should put the pool on the back burner for now.
3. Cover that cough
This one should go without saying, but covering coughs and sneezes is a must. If you or anyone that you have been quarantining with feels sick, simply stay home!
4. Don’t share goggles or snorkels
Sharing any kinds of pool equipment that may be difficult to disinfect, even among those in the same household, should be discouraged. Bring extra, but don’t share your own.
5. Stay in the know
Make sure to continually keep abreast of current updates from your local pool whether through social media or through posted notices. It is through these adverts and notices that you will know if someone gets sick or has tested positive with Covid-19.
As we all try and navigate through what will become our new normal, make sure to educate yourself on how to keep yourself and your family safe from harm. For more information on summer pool safety, check out the CDC website.