With summer approaching, a dip in a crisp pool is all one needs to cool off on a hot day. But can the novel coronavirus spread in pool water?
In addition to inhaling an infected person’s respiratory droplets or contracting the virus from an asymptomatic carrier, preliminary research shows that the novel virus can last on surfaces for days, and can remain in the air for hours. Other studies have shown the human eyes are particularly susceptible to the virus. It seems the ways in which the virus can spread are endless — but thankfully, pool water is likely not a vector of transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that is.
“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 federal agency states, noting that “Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.”