CDC: ‘No Evidence’ COVID-19 Spreads in Swimming Pools

(Vic Brincat)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to people through the use of pools, since disinfection of the water in these facilities with chlorine and bromine used in proper maintenance should inactivate the virus.

The CDC stressed that as long as there is ongoing community spread of COVID-19, it is important that individuals, owners and operators of these facilities take steps to ensure health and safety. This includes following local and state guidance that may regulate the recreational use of water facilities.

Individuals should continue practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene to protect themselves and others at recreational water venues both while in and when out of the water.

Besides for ensuring water safety and quality, the operators of community water facilities must also follow the general guidance for businesses and employers regarding cleaning and disinfecting their community facilities.