Coronavirus (COVID-19): Are swimming pools safe?
SPASA has received numerous queries regarding the safety of swimming pools and whether COVID-19 can be transmitted through swimming pool water.
Lindsay McGrath, SPASA CEO advises “The purpose of balanced pool or spa water chemistry is to kill bacteria and viruses. Australian Standard AS 3633-1989: Private swimming pools - Water quality provides clear direction for healthy water. All santisation products are regulated through the APVMA and adhere to world best practice.”
“The home pool or spa is a healthier place than ever before, and the swimming pool & spa industry is continually offering improved products and services, supporting the health ads wellness of consumers and the community.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no evidence the virus can survive in a properly chlorinated and filtered pool. “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs,” reads a statement on CDC’s site.
“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.”
In some states, larger pool venues have issued notices of closure, however, this is more to do with social distancing rather than problems of swimming in pool water itself.
A recent Facebook announcement by Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre advises: “The Aquatic Centre will be close to Swim School, Health Club & General Entry Patrons from Monday March 16 2020, until further notice as a result of the Commonwealth Government decision on public gatherings.”
Melbourne City Baths also recently posted a notice advising of temporary closure, citing a “precautionary measure to slow the spread of the virus”.
SPASA recommends that if you’re not feeling well or are concerned about potential infection, practice the recommended social distancing guidance from the Government Department of Health and seek assistance from your health professional.