With the summer heat already hitting, many people are looking forward to cooling off at the pool or the beach. Here’s what experts say you need to know to enjoy yourself safely as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
There’s no evidence that the coronavirus can spread through the water, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; chlorine, bromine and other chemicals that are used to clean pools should render the virus inactive.
“If I took … [a child] swimming, I would let them go swimming and enjoy it,” said Dr. Robert Haley, director of the division of epidemiology in the internal medicine department at UT Southwestern. “And if it’s chlorinated, that’s probably enough to make it reasonably safe. Nothing is perfectly safe, but probably safe enough that I wouldn’t be worried about it.”
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