This One Thing Can Keep You Safe From Coronavirus at the Pool

Taking a little extra precaution can keep you out of danger when you go to take a dip.

The COVID-19 pandemic may still be playing out across the globe, but that's not stopping the return of warmer weather. And with the official kickoff of summer just around the corner, people from coast to coast are ready to throw on a bathing suit and take a dip in their local pool. But is going to pool putting you at risk of catching coronavirus? According to health officials, it's safe so long as swimmers stick to social distancing both in and out of the water.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that coronavirus cannot be transmitted through water in oceans, lakes, pools, or hot tubs. Anyone swimming in a chlorinated or disinfected pool can also rest assured that they're safe, as that provides another effective layer of protection against microorganisms and viruses.

The CDC report also issues some familiar guidelines for any potential pool or beachgoers that can help keep you safe. As always, maintain social distancing of six feet from anyone you don't live with, wear a face mask when out of the water, and continue to thoroughly wash or sanitize your hands—especially after you get out of the pool. Of course, you should avoid sharing any kind of communal float or pool toy, especially if they haven't been sanitized between uses.

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The agency also recommends using your own towels or chairs to avoid any potentially contaminated pool furniture. If that's not possible, you should at least wipe down any communal surfaces with disinfectant before using them. And as always, the agency recommends well-ventilated spaces over anywhere without a breeze, so prioritize outdoor pools over indoor facilities. And for more on how to safely navigate the summer of COVID-19, check out 5 Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make at the Beach.

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Zachary Mack
Zach is a freelance writer specializing in beer, wine, food, spirits, and travel. He is based in Manhattan. Read more
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