Swimming is a great way to enjoy physical activity and find relief from the heat, but it’s important to take extra safety precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s no evidence the COVID-19 coronavirus can spread though water in properly maintained pools, hot tubs or water playgrounds. Disinfection of the water, usually by chlorine or bromine, inactivates the virus.
The CDC and World Health Organization have yet to weigh in on the risk of COVID-19 transmission through water in the ocean, ponds, rivers and streams, but many experts agree it is very small.
“I can’t say it’s absolutely 100 percent zero risk, but I can tell you that it would never cross my mind to get COVID-19 from a swimming pool or the ocean,” Paula Cannon, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Southern California, told the LA Times. “It’s just extraordinarily unlikely that this would happen.”