The COVID-19 crisis unfolding in the US and the world is causing a lot of anxiety. People are being warned to stay home as much as possible and follow “social distancing” protocols when in public such as staying six feet away from other people at all times and avoiding gathering in large groups for at least the next couple of weeks.
But what about in your own home? What can you do to prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus at home? And should you be concerned about doing everyday things like enjoying your backyard swimming pool?
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19
While scientists are still learning about the COVID-19 coronavirus, they currently believe it is spread when a person infected with the virus coughs or sneezes. The particulates from the person’s lungs and nasal passages are then expelled into the air and onto surrounding surfaces such as countertops or floors. The virus can live on surfaces for up to nine hours. So when somebody touches an infected surface then touches their eyes, mouth, or nose, they can become infected.
The best thing to do to protect yourself and your family is to stay home. If you must go out, avoid close contact with other people. Stay at least six feet away from others at all times to avoid getting sneezed or coughed on by an infected person. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face, mouth or eyes.
Many public pools like those at gyms, schools, or hotels have been closed as a result of social distancing protocols. But the pools themselves are probably safe, according to the US Centers for Disease Control. Here’s what they said on their official COVID-19 website:
“There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g. with chlorine or bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”
So stay home and enjoy your pool with your family. As long as it has been properly cleaned and serviced, it should be safe to use.