COVID-19: Hot Tub & Swimming Pool Safety

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a lot of confusion, fear, and uncertainty. But one thing you don’t need to worry about is using a hot tub or swimming pool, with the right precautions and safety measures, of course. Let’s take a look at the recommendation public health officials are making for personal and public spa use.

Using Your Personal Pool or Hot Tub

If you’re diligent in your cleaning and maintenance schedule, there is no risk in transmitting the COVID-19 coronavirus through the water when using your personal hot tub or swimming pool.

That does change, however, if you host other family members and friends. Although the Maryland Department of Health is currently urging citizens to avoid socializing with members outside their own household due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, if you do choose to host others, gatherings are to be limited to a maximum of 10 people.

If you do choose to host friends and family members from outside your home, you will need to sanitize the water after each use.  The health department is also suggesting hosts clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between uses.

The Proper Way to Use Your Hot Tub

Despite rumors that heat can kill COVID-19, it’s little more than a tall tale. And health-care providers agree that using your spa for extended periods of time at the hottest temperature — no matter what the reason — can be dangerous.

Spa chemicals and other water care products are required to eliminate bacteria, viruses, mold, and other contaminants from the water. When combined with the multi-stage water filtration system, you can look forward to water that is not only clean and enjoyable but safe too.

The Benefits of Having Your Own Hot Tub

Owning a hot tub can provide you with a personal safe haven in the comfort of your backyard. Forget having to worry if your friend or local spa facility is properly cleaning and disinfecting the water, when you own your own hot tub, you can look forward to a convenient and safe soak whenever you wish.

Use your spa to deal with stress, sore muscles, and other painful ailments.  The heated water and jet massage of your spa will not only loosen tight muscles and ease tension, but spike your body’s endorphin production. This hormone is your body’s way of offering you an all-natural therapy for pain and stress.  When you use your spa on a regular basis, you can really capitalize on the benefits endorphins can offer.

Public Pools and Hot Tubs

There’s no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through the use of public pools and spas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As long as public pools and hot tubs are properly maintained, they’re not a significant risk to your health, the CDC says.

To protect yourself, follow safe pool and hot tub practices, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.

Although the CDC doesn’t consider pools or spas with properly treated water a threat, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) says public pool and spa operators still need to have certain safety measures in place.

The IHRSA says tests for microbiological quality should be performed frequently in line with national guidelines. The association also recommends public pool and spa providers enforce social and physical distancing and hand sanitization upon entering the facility.

Arundel Pool and Spa

If you’re looking for an energy-efficient hot tub, get in touch with us at Arundel Pool and Spa. As a trusted local hot tub dealer in Edgewater, we provide only the best hot tubs and services to our clients. To learn more about what we have to offer or to check out the hot tubs for sale, drop in for a visit at our showroom or send us a message here. Our staff is always on hand to answer customer queries.

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