Safely Visit Pools and Beaches During Coronavirus Outbreak
It is important to know how to safely visit pools and beaches during the coronavirus outbreak. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people through water. However, many of the same recommendations still apply, including staying 6 feet away from people you don’t live with (both in and out of the water) and washing your hands often. It is also extremely important that you stay home if you are sick, exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
The first tip for staying safe while at the beach, ocean, lake, pool, splash pad, or hot tub is to check to see if the public swim area has steps in place to prevent the spread of the virus. If everyone is following the same safety protocols, it will help prevent the spread of the disease. Another tip is to bring supplies that help you and others stay healthy. For example, bring a face mask for each person in your party (see this blog post for proper use of a face mask), hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and disinfectant wipes. The third tip is to avoid sharing items such as food, toys, and supplies with others who don’t live with you. The last important tip is wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating or drinking, when you arrive at the swim area, and before you leave. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Keep in mind that hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty so wipe sand and dirt off before applying hand sanitizer.
Overall, the best ways to safely visit pools and beaches is to avoid crowded beaches, pools, and other swim areas where social distancing (6 feet away from others) is not possible, to wear a face mask when you are not in the water, and continue to wash your hands often.