According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's no evidence that the coronavirus can be spread in swimming pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas.
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As Caro stated, the CDC noted that disinfection with chlorine and bromine as part of proper facility maintenance should render the virus inactive in the water. The agency notes it's important that individuals and facilities operators take health and safety measures, including following local and state guidance, protect themselves by practicing social distancing and hand-washing, and following the interim guidance for businesses and employers for cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.
The CDC also suggests not sharing goggles, snorkels or other swim equipment, which can be difficult to clean. It also recommends not sharing food, toys or equipment with anyone pool visitors you don't live with.
Facilities should have adequate equipment, such as pool noodles and kickboards, to minimize sharing. If items are limited to one group at a single time, they should be cleaned and disinfected between uses, the CDC said.
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While wearing a mask is typically encouraged as a method of protection, Caro recommends against wearing cloth masks while swimming.
“It can get bogged down with water and could increase the risk of a drowning death,” he told First Coast News.
If you’re lounging by the pool rather than swimming in it, Caro also recommends cleaning the surface with disinfectant wipes.