This year we have all experienced an unprecedented pandemic that has effected all our lives in many profound ways. Being ordered to stay home, and stay safe has been challenging. With the warmer weather, it has opened opportunity for people to enjoy the outdoors provided you can practice safe distancing and stay away from public spaces. For those with a pool, this time of year means opening the pool. But what does that mean with COVID-19?
To date, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted through water of pools, spas or hot tubs provided those facilities are maintained and in proper working order. The proper operation of water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. This is welcome assurance for those who love to be in our around a pool.
As we have shared in earlier blog posts, opening your pool earlier is far better than waiting later into the season. Even if you do not plan to heat your pool, opening it and letting the pump run, will prevent a lot of bad bacteria from forming under the cover when the sun does comes out. Looking out at clear body of water is a much nicer view than a pool cover too!
As health officials lift restrictions, and we are given permission for small gatherings, like backyard BBQ’s, be rest assured that you cannot catch COVID-19 from swimming in the same water as someone who may be asymptomatic as long as you keep up with proper pool maintenance, which includes accurate water testing. Many pool companies still offer this service during the lockdown as it is an essential service to keep water safe.
Here at Simply Pools and Landscapes, we understand the importance of pool maintenance, for the duration of this lockdown we offer curbside water testing and chemical pick-up. Simply call the store to place your order or to arrange water testing. If you are thinking of a new pool for your backyard space, our design team would be happy to virtually meet with you.
Keep safe everyone, brighter days are coming.