Parts of America are already baking, even though summer doesn’t officially arrive for another two weeks.
So with the heat on, everybody wants to know: Can you catch the coronavirus from the swimming pool?
Well, the answer is a bit murky, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of now, there’s no evidence that the coronavirus spreads through pool water — and you’re even safer if you swim outside because outdoor pools have a lower risk than indoor ones.
And if the water is treated with chlorine, even better.
“The coronavirus doesn’t survive in chlorinated water,” Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert in Maryland, told Health.com.
Still, Adalja warned the coronavirus travels in air droplets.
“There can be crowded conditions and common touch surfaces (like the deck and the locker room) that may provide an opportunity for the virus to transmit,” Adalja told the website.
Many public pools want swimmers to come in their suits to cut down on locker room time.
Dr. David Cutler, who practices in California, recommended that swimmers keep hand sanitizer handy.
“When you’re at the pool, always wash your hands after touching any surface, such as a doorknob or shower handle, and especially before touching your face,” Cutler told Health.com.