Coronavirus & Swimming Pools:
South County Pool Builders not only builds residential swimming pools, but public/commercial swimming pools.
The question that keeps coming up from my customers is, "is it safe to use our community swimming pool or residential swimming pool during the Coronavirus pandemic?"
Before I answer that question, I must inform you that I am a expert on building swimming pools and spas; I am not a doctor or scientist. All of the information that I am providing is from experts in the subject regarding the posed question:
Regarding your backyard swimming pool or residential swimming pool, Yes it is completely safe to use your backyard swimming pool as long as all swimmers are free and clear from the virus. That being said, it is very important that you have a qualified professional service company coming every week to clean your swimming pool. Although you will not catch the Coronavirus in your residential swimming pool, if your swimming pool is lacking the proper chemical to fight off the hundred forms of bacteria that can gather in your pool, it is possible that you can catch something else that will effect your immune system that can ultimately cause you to be susceptible to the virus when you go to public places. So make sure your chemicals are balance so we can all stay healthy!
If you need a referal for a quality swimming pool maintenance company, please contact us and we will get you set up with someone in your area.
Your community swimming pool on the other hand can be a little more complex. The main issue with your community swimming pool is that most communities are not vetting the potential swimmers and a majority of community swimming pools are still open for business. Be careful.
The chlorine in your community pool will kill the virus but you can catch the virus in other ways:
If a infected person touches a handrail while entering the swimming pool and you touch it afterward, you can be infected.
If a infected person uses the bathroom facilities or drinking fountain and does not disinfect.
If a infected person coughs or sneezes in your direction and droplets get in your nose or mouth you can be infected according to the CDC.
In my opinion, if you are going to swim, I would avoid using the spa with other people as that seems to be the biggest risk of catching the Coronavirus from a public swimming pool facility.
Wash your hands.
Avoid crowded swimming pools or public places.
And stay safe!