The weather is warming up. Parents are in search of activities to keep both their kids and themselves sane. Is the swimming pool a safe option?
As states continue to reopen and restrictions are lifted, I have been getting many questions from my young patients’ families on how to handle summer activities. Many are unsure about what they can and cannot do.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there is currently no evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted through water. So this would mean being in a pool should be a “low risk” activity.
As a pediatrician, however, my concern is that children have a hard time being socially distant. They tend to gather with friends and family when in a swimming pool, not necessarily maintaining six feet of separation. They may cough or sneeze when swimming, potentially transmitting viral particles to those within six feet.
My advice to parents is to proceed with caution. First, check your local guidelines because each municipality may have different recommendations based on disease activity. Next, if your community does allow for pools to be open, here are some things to consider:
If you do choose to go to the pool this summer here are some safety tips:
If you have a child with special needs or who is immunocompromised, you may decide not to risk an outing, even with all the cautions described. Follow your instincts and make educated decisions by following CDC and state department of health guidelines. Remember it is OK to consult your child’s pediatrician to help you make decisions if you feel unsure or conflicted!