As public spaces begin to re-open all over Miami, Kendall, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay and West Kendall once again, it is important to remember that COVID-19 still remains an extremely serious public health crisis, but should we be panicking if someone with Covid-19 entered our pool? Oh goodness, no.
At this time, Florida alone is still seeing trends of up to 4,000 new cases a day. As we get through this challenge the most important thing we can do is to stay informed of the most recent science based evidence available to us.
The following is from the CDC website regarding how to maintain a healthy swimming environment for the family and patrons od public spaces:
"There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of recreational waters. Follow safe swimming practices along with social distancing and everyday preventative actions to protect yourself."
Because chlorine acts as a disinfectant for bacteria, in a properly maintained pool, any sort of virus such as COVID-19 would be killed instantly in the water.
While spread of the virus is extremely unlikely inside the pool, it's very important to take the necessary precautions to protect outside and around the pool.
While there is an ongoing spread of COVID-19, it is important for individuals as well as owners and operators of these facilities to take steps to ensure health and safety:
Everyone should follow local and state guidance that may determine when and how recreational water facilities may operate.
Individuals should continue to protect themselves and others at recreational water venues both in and out of the water – for example, by practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.
In addition to ensuring water safety and quality, owners and operators of community pools, hot tubs, spas, and water play areas should follow the interim guidance for businesses and employers for cleaning and disinfecting their community facilities.”
It is important to note that while proper maintenance of pool chemistry is important all the time it is even more critical now, to ensure that COVID-19 stands no chance of surviving in/on the pool water. Here are some useful tips:
Check your pool water chemistry at least once per week (more often if you can) and balance the chemicals accordingly
Wash all pool towels, bathing suits, etc in hot water
Frequently sanitize pool furniture, pool floats, etc
Frequently sanitize the handles of pool fence gates where people frequently put their hands to open/close gates
Keep anyone who is sick out of the pool area
As always, Stay Safe and Healthy!