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Experts: Pool water should be safe if maintained right

WNYT Staff
Created: June 25, 2020 08:35 PM

If you're making a splash at a community or hotel pool, the water shouldn't be an issue.

However, experts say pools should be well maintained, including disinfection with chlorine or bromine.

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Chlorinated pool water kills viruses and should inactivate coronavirus according to the Centers for Disease Control.

All high-touch areas like handrails, lounge chairs, slides, and restroom facilities should be regularly disinfected by pool personnel.

"This is something that really is spreading, to this point, through the air on these droplets. It is unlikely that this is going to be going through the water. I don't expect that pools will be a problem, except for the fact that it brings a bunch of people together in one small area," said Dr. Frank Esper with Cleveland Clinic.

The advice remains the same, wear your mask, and practice social distancing.


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