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Saturday May 23, 2020

How to return to pool safely during Corona crisis?

With advent of summer many people want to go to beaches and swimming pools, but is it safe to swim in public swimming pools with spread of Corona virus?

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, re has been no evidence to indicate possibility of contracting Coronavirus and catching infections from swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, or in large water bodies such as beaches.

However, some safety precautions and warnings must be observed before y head to public swimming pools.

It is still not known wher spread of virus will slow in summer, and although some experts had expected at beginning of crisis that epidemic would dissipate in warmer months of summer, similar to flu and or viruses, no indications of that have yet emerged.

The disease can also spread in warmer and humid climates, so sunbathing in pool or beach is not used as an excuse not to follow sanitary measures in place to prevent spread of epidemic.

As on ground, a social distance of at least 6 feet on ground in water must be followed, as virus can spread in pool, on beach, or any or water recreational area, according to Huffington Post.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises to avoid mass events, garings or meetings inside and outside water, if it is not possible to maintain social distance between people who do not live in one place.

Exceptions to this rule only include emergency evacuations, rescue and medical assistance or first aid. Public swimming pools must be equipped with hand soaps and disinfectants to facilitate maintenance of proper hygiene for visitors. All surfaces that are frequently touched, such as handrails and chairs, must also be sterilized. And if you are swimming in your own swimming pool or family swimming pool, you should also make sure to clear se areas constantly.

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The proper maintenance of water is also important, and Los Angeles Times reported that usual amount of chlorine used to treat swimming pools should be sufficient to disable virus.

Experts are also advised to avoid sharing or swimming tools, floats and equipment. It is best to limit direct contact as much as possible, by using each person’s own equipment and constantly cleaning and disinfecting it.

Gags and face masks should not be abandoned in areas where many people are present, and y can be removed as soon as y enter water.

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