Coronavirus Swimming Pools FAQ
With the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are all concerned about minimizing our exposure and spread of Covid19. Many states have issued shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders. Now that we are stuck in our home, we’re looking for ways to stay active - including going for a swim. But considering the outbreak, are swimming pools safe from Coronavirus? Let’s break down what we know.
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Can I catch Coronavirus from my Swimming Pool?

Let’s start with good news; there’s no data showing risk of catching novel Coronavirus from swimming pools [1]. This is because your sanitizer that fights off algae and bacteria is doing the same for viruses – including the coronavirus.

So taking a dip or swimming a couple laps in your pool is perfectly safe.

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Can I use my swimming pool as drinking water?

There’s even more good news; if for some reason you lose access to municipal water, you can use your pool for drinking water in a pinch. When you swim, you naturally swallow some water. So if you’re in a pinch you can use your sanitized pool as a drinking water source.

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Is it safe to throw a pool party with the pandemic?

But if you’re now thinking about holding a pool party, I have some bad news. Just because you’re unlikely to transmit coronavirus through your pool water, it doesn’t mean you can’t still transmit the virus.

When someone exhales/coughs/sneezes they send the virus airborne. If someone inhales it before it makes contact with the water, then that person can become infected. So you should still avoid contact with people outside of your household, and continue to practice social distancing.

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Can I save money by not treating my swimming pool during quarantine?

On the flip side, what if you’re looking to save a few bucks by not treating your pool? Unfortunately, that can pose health risks, even if not necessarily from catching Covid19.

If you stop treating your pool with sanitizer, it will begin to grow bacteria and other waterborne illnesses. Also, you’re likely to attract mosquitos which can also carry some diseases. This can present additional health risks.

And while it may be tempting to save the money now, when it comes time to clean up your pool you’ll likely end up spending more trying to get it clean again.

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Coronavirus Swimming Pools FAQ

With the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are all concerned about minimizing our exposure and spread of Covid19. Many states have issued shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders. Now that we are stuck in our home, we’re looking for ways to stay active – including going for a swim. But considering the outbreak, are swimming pools safe from Coronavirus? Let’s break down what we know.

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