The CDC says, "[We are] not aware of any scientific reports of the virus that causes COVID-19 spreading to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, water playgrounds, or other treated aquatic venues." The concern and risk for infection occurs during interactions with possibly sick people.
Of course, if you are vaccinated for COVID-19, your risk is dramatically reduced for becoming infected with the virus. And for those not vaccinated yet, CNN shares tips on how to make your swimming safer -- especially if you are visiting a public pool or a pool at a hotel or resort.
Go to the pool during less busy times. "Try to go at a time when you can keep easily a 6-foot distance away from people who are not in your immediate household," Dr. Leana Wen tells CNN.
Is the pool taking safety precautions? Check to ensure the pool facility is complying with CDC guidance for aquatic venues.
Skip communal spaces like locker rooms when possible. CNN suggests, "Shower and change into your swim clothing at home to arrive at the pool ready to swim."
Are your kids able to socially distance themselves from other people outside of your household? "If you have children, consider whether they can keep at least a 6-foot distance from others in and out of the pool... If your children are not vaccinated or wouldn't be able to adequately distance themselves, you may need to skip the pool for now," CNN notes.
Masks are needed, but not while swimming. Before you make a splash, it is important to still wear your mask, but of course, remove it while in the water (a wet mask is not effective. Bringing extra masks to the pool is advised.
Swim at an outdoor pool. CNN reports that indoor pools are potentially higher-risk spaces due to ventilation.
Bring your own equipment: Becoming infected with COVID from a surface is very rare, but if you need gear like goggles or snorkels is it better to not use shared equipment.
Be conscious about where you eat and drink at the pool. If you are going to eat food or drink something, make sure it occurs 6 feet away from people outside of your household.