COVID-19 and Your Pool
As concerns about the COVID-19 continue to rise, many are left to wondering what they can do to protect themselves. And their pools! The CDC has issued a statement on COVID-19 and Swimming Pools & Hot Tubs. There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. You can access that information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Common signs of infection include headache, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and breathing difficulties. The best resource for recommendations and the latest developments is through the CDC website.
Here are tips on how to clean and disinfect: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html. If you notice, bleach is an effective cleaning and disinfecting agent. Bleach is a diluted solution of sodium hypochlorite. Sodium Hypochlorite is liquid chlorine that we use in swimming pools.
As always, we want to try and eliminate germs from entering into our environments. That is why it is recommended or required in the swimming pool industry to take a soap shower before entering a swimming pool and spa. It is also good practice to do that after exiting a swimming pool and spa.
It is recommended to limit contact with other individuals and avoid large gatherings. If you are “self-quarantining”, take the time to complete your seasonal paperwork and return it back to us to get the pool opening date you desire! It is also a great time to think about improvements and upgrades you may want to make. None of our employees and/or families have been infected or exposed to the virus, so we are here to discuss all your pool service needs. It is best to call or email us!
For everyone’s sake, we hope this pandemic ends quickly with minimal effect on our society. Despite the current low level of risk for the average American employee, it is important to understand that the COVID-19 situation evolves and changes every day. You should closely monitor the CDC and WHO websites for the latest and most accurate information on COVID-19. Be clean and be safe, now and always!