7. Public pools
Public pools in Ohio, Georgia and South Carolina are now open, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should dive in head first. While it’s thought that chlorine, a chemical element found in pools can kill the coronavirus, “you have to assume that people [at the pool] are infected,” Roberta Lavin, a professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee’s College of Nursing, told U.S. Masters Swimming.
She also added that “anything they touch would be contaminated. It would be hard to get in and out of the pool without touching anything or interacting with another person.” The University of Chicago’s chief epidemiologist Emily Landon, MD, told The Chicago Tribune, “I suspect that pools are going to be one of the last places that are going to be allowed to be open.”
We know that reopening swimming pools include reduced capacity and social distancing in the water, but imagine that your kid throws the beach ball to a strange person. What happens next?! It’s better to stay at home in order to prevent exposure to the virus.