Safe to Swim in Pools, Lakes or Rivers This Summer?
The city of Boise recently announced that its public pools would be closed all summer due to COVID-19, Roaring Springs announced they'd be opening for the season on May 30, along with their UV-light sanitation system that gives you the cleanest swimming water possible, but is water really even capable of spreading the virus?
Paula Cannon, who is a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Southern California, told The L.A. Times:
"I can’t say it’s absolutely 100 percent zero risk, but I can tell you that it would never cross my mind to get COVID-19 from a swimming pool or the ocean. It’s just extraordinarily unlikely that this would happen.” That makes me feel pretty good about open swim this summer.
The Centers for Disease Control agrees. The website says:
"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.”
So overall, I feel good about going to the Boise River and floating down this summer. But I don't know if I'd be out lounging on beach chairs with a bunch of other people at a pool yet, personally.