Keeping Yourself and Others Safe During Pool Season
Pool season is here, and we hope you have your pool filters, pool equipment, and pool accessories ready to go! We’re taking a break from the usual content that we post and are going to provide you with the important information you’ll need to know to enjoy pool season in 2020.
Pool season is going to look--and feel--different this year. As many states begin to look at lifting certain restrictions and reopening businesses, it is important to protect ourselves and others. You may already know this information, but it is important to keep these tips fresh in our minds. Below are some ways to protect yourself and others during pool season 2020 and beyond.
COVID-19 and pools: According to the CDC, 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. Now more than ever, it is extremely important to make sure your pool is properly maintained and operated throughout pool season.
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Disinfect and clean: Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected daily! This includes doorknobs, light switches, countertops, tables, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. This also includes the area surrounding your swimming pool (patios/lawn chairs, etc.). Frequently clean surfaces with soap and water, or detergent. Then, use a common household cleaner to disinfectant the newly cleaned surfaces.
Cover coughs and sneezes: Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you sneeze or cough. Throw used tissues in the trash, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Note: According to the CDC, if you are in a private setting, you do not have to wear a face mask. However, it is recommended you wear one when you go out in public.
Wash your hands often: Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you have been in a public space, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Avoid close contact: Put distance between yourself and other people. Stay home as much as possible, and avoid close contact with those who are sick. Avoiding close contact is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting sick.
Although there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Keeping the above in mind at all times can lessen the risk of getting yourself and others sick. We believe the pool can be a great way to relax, de-stress, and enjoy the outside especially during these tough times. Be safe everyone!