Is it safe to go swimming during the coronavirus pandemic?

Crowds still pose risk

Guests swim in a pool at Paskal Swimming Pool in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, May 30, 2020, as open air baths in the Hungarian capital reopen under strict regulations introduced to prevent the spread of the pandemic of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Marton Monus/MTI via AP) (MTVA - Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund)

Is it safe to swim at a beach or pool during the coronavirus pandemic?

Health officials say it can be safe, as long as swimmers stick to social distancing guidelines in and out of the water.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from person to person in water in pools, hot tubs, oceans or lakes. Pool disinfectants like chlorine should also kill the virus, providing another layer of protection.

But crowds still pose a risk. That's why communities that are reopening pools and beaches are instituting temporary rules limiting capacity and requiring facial masks.

Health authorities say people heading to the beach or pool this summer should follow the same advice for anyone in public: stay at least six feet from people you don't live with, wear a facial covering around others, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you're not feeling well.

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