There is a lot of news about Coronavirus and COVID-19. Many articles are focused on the number of fatalities or infections. Few articles are written about how to stop the spread of this disease. What can we do to stop COVID-19 from spreading? What can we do as a commercial hot tub and pool operators to ensure that people are safe?
Education is crucial during times of uncertainty. Education is essential in times of uncertainty. It gives us a sense of security and helps us hold on to our sanity. We will be discussing COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the relationship to chlorine and what you can do about Coronavirus in your pool. The following information will be covered:
- Is chlorine able to kill Coronavirus
- Can I get COVID-19 in a swimming pool
- How much chlorine do you need to kill Coronavirus, if so?
- What other things can I do to ensure the safety of my pool?
Is Chlorine a Killer for COVID-19
The simple answer to this question is YES. Chlorine is excellent at killing COVID-19 and many other coronavirus viruses. It is unlikely that COVID-19 will be found in your swimming pool if it has chlorine. Pool Training Academy stresses keeping your pool’s operating chlorine levels high in all classes and with every operator.
Can I get COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from a swimming pool?
It is extremely difficult to contract COVID-19 in a swimming pool. Experts would say it is almost impossible to contract Coronavirus in a swimming pool. However, the pool should have a chlorine residual of at least 2ppm. Swimming pool water is immune to COVID-19 as long as it has been disinfected.
Research has also shown no documented cases of COVID-19 being transmitted from water bodies or surfaces. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted through contact with others. However, that’s not the end of the story.
Research has also shown that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can survive on surfaces for two days. Pool Training Academy recommends that your pool be chlorinated and that your facilities are cleaned according to CDC standards. These are the best ways to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
What amount of chlorine do I need to kill COVID-19?
The HPSC states that COVID-19 can be eliminated in less than one second if you keep your chlorine residual at 1ppm. Is it possible to keep your chlorine residuals below 1ppm?
According to the latest research, commercial facilities should maintain a chlorine residual of between 3.75ppm & 4.5ppm. Pool Training Academy recommends maintaining a chlorine residual of 4ppm to protect your guests against various pathogens in your pool water.
However, just because COVID-19 has been eliminated from swimming pools by chlorine use doesn’t mean that we should stop there.
Keep All Surfaces Clean from COVID-19
Keeping our changing rooms, wet areas, and other facilities clean and tidy is important. To protect guests and users from COVID-19, the CDC has established guidelines for cleaning and maintaining your facilities. These guidelines can be followed, along with listening to local requirements for COVID-19 protocols. This will ensure that your pool area and swimming pool are protected from the spread of Coronavirus.
What can I do to learn more about swimming pools?
It is not as straightforward as it seems. It takes more training to safely manage and maintain an aquatic facility than you can learn on YouTube or this article. There are many options available to learn more about keeping your swimmers safe. CPO classes with Pool Training Academy are one of the options. CPO(r), or Certified Pool Operator, is one of the best methods to become an expert in pool management. This certification is required in many states to operate a spa or pool. Pool Training Academy is the number one CPO(r) provider, Certification. Our classes are engaging, fun, and relevant to your specific needs. Register here for the next class and get all the information to make your pool the best.