Water and Coronavirus: Can COVID-19 spread through public pools?

As the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread and sicken people, some states and countries are starting to reopen businesses and lift stay-at-home requirements. With that coupled with the weather getting warmer, people are thinking about engaging in many warm-weather activities like outdoor sports, swimming in pools, and going to outdoor water parks.

So we ask the question: is it safe to swim in pools or lakes? Does the virus spread through the water?

Some experts say water shouldn’t be a cause for concern. The CDC says there is no evidence the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas.