'No evidence' COVID-19 can be spread in swimming pools, water play areas, CDC says

ATLANTA -- The summer months are fast approaching, and that normally means it's time to hit the local swim club and enjoy a day by the pool. However, the coronavirus pandemic has many questioning whether it is safe to be around the water for fear of contracting the virus.

The good news is, it is unlikely that you could get COVID-19 from the physical pool water, as long as health standards are being practiced.

There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

"Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water," the CDC says.

With ongoing community spread of COVID-19, the CDC says individuals, as well as pool owners and operators, should take steps to ensure health and safety. They recommend: