Will summer fun look a little different this year?
As the impact of coronavirus drags into spring and summer, people are wondering if coronavirus can spread in pools?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, water play areas, spa, or hot tubs. Public places where people can go into the water should disinfect the water with chlorine and bromine.
Disinfecting the water “should inactivate the virus in the water,” the CDC said.
Dr. Michael Ison, an infectious disease physician at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, told Today that people should be cautious when being in locker rooms, where individuals are often touching their face, nose, and mouth, as well as the lockers themselves.
“If you do, wash your hands carefully before and after swimming in the pool,” Ison said.
Dr. John Torres, NBC News medical correspondent, shared insight on how summer camps and pools may deal with the novel outbreak.
As parents wonder what to do with kids this summer, he predicts a “new normal” for summer camps will involve social distancing and testing.
Torres suggested that parents ask camps and pools some tough questions such as what they are doing to disinfect, what their plan is if someone tests positive, and how they’re enforcing social distancing.
The doctor added that the bottom line is that parents need to find out how their child will be kept safe while “having fun and staying healthy.”
As for beaches, he explained that its safer than grocery stores since they are more spacious and allow for proper social distancing. He clarified that things get murky when people become too comfortable and begin socializing more.
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