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Covid-19: Is it safe to swim in public pools amid pandemic?


Team Udayavani, Jul 25, 2020, 3:01 PM IST

Amid Covid-19, almost all the outdoor activities have been restricted due to safety concerns. But, there has been a constant demand among people to open public pools as many claim that swimming in pools does not spread coronavirus.

But is it really safe to swim amid pandemic?

Well, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus can spread from person to person in pools, oceans or lakes. It is said that pool disinfectants like chlorine kill the  viruses and help in preventing the spread

Also, it is respiratory and not water-borne illness, it spreads when    spit droplets fly through air. Once it hits the water, it is likely  to getdiluted. It is said that pathogens do not survive in water.

However, it is advised to maintain social distancing and also avoid using the locker rooms. Health officials also warn against visiting places which are over crowded.

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