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Can coronavirus spread in swimming pools? Here’s what you need to know

Here's what health officials are saying about the safety of swimming pools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Looking for a way to cool down in the scorching summer heat? How about a dip in a pool?

Public swimming pools have been open in Ohio since May 26, so what does that mean for those people concerned about the spread of coronavirus? Can it spread through pool water?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says “there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas.”

The CDC says proper maintenance and disinfection with chlorine and bromine “should inactivate the virus in the water.”

Even though the water itself may be safe, CDC officials urge all swimmers to protect themselves from others at the pool by maintaining physical distances (at least six feet apart) and hand washing after coming in contact with high-touch areas.

It's also advised to bring your own disinfectant wipes to clean off public pool chairs before your family uses them.

Although pools have restarted their operations, water parks have to wait a little bit longer as they've been given permission to reopen June 19.


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