Important information about the Corona Virus (Covid-19) and Aquatic Facilities.

Including your swimming pool…

  • Question:  How are viruses spread in aquatic facilities?
  • Answer: Viruses spread through the Faecal-Oral route

Question: Is the COVID-19 Corona Virus found in faeces?

Answer: The virus that causes COVID-19 has been detected in the faeces of some patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The amount of virus released from the body (shed) in a stool. How long the virus sheds. And, whether or not the virus in a stool is infectious is not yet known.

The risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 from the faeces of an infected person is also unknown. 

However, the risk is expected to be low based on data received from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses. Such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

There has been no confirmed faecal-oral transmission of COVID-19 to date. The faecal-Oral transmission is the most common vehicle for the contraction of most common diseases involving swimming pools and Hot tubs or other aquatic facilities.

There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 Corona Virus is spread to humans through the use of pools, hot tubs or spas, or water playgrounds. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfecting (e.g. with chlorine and bromine) of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should deactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. However, this assumes that your maintenance team are knowledgeable of the standards required to disable any potential issues entirely. And, how to react if any different treatments are necessary.

While there is an ongoing community spread of COVID-19, there should be appropriate care taken both in and outside the pool. It is vital to protect yourself and others. Owners and operators of community pools, hot tubs, or spas should follow the interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19 Corona Virus.
Corona Virus Stay safe in the Pool and Hot Tub this Summer | The Pool People

At The Pool People, we are adopting the same principals as we do with any standard Virus or Bacteria outbreak.

Lastly, we can assure all of our clients that our team are still out and about cleaning pools. And, to a very high standard that our community has come to expect. Furthermore, including extra measures and additional testing to ensure all our pools remain healthy and safe.

Additional information can be found on the US CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html 

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3 Comments

  1. Dr Brian Newman-Reply
    8th April 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Its spread by droplets and surfaces..Everyone has to be considered infected or a carrier..hence the clear advice ..stay home..the virus is spread by people..so any potential contact should be avoided..that includes swimming, poolside bars,bbq, hot tubs etc

  2. 8th April 2020 at 7:11 pm

    CDC.Gov Web Site below

  3. George-Reply
    9th April 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you Dr Newman. I am sure your advice is 100% correct when it comes to public and communal swimming pools and I am sure common sense will prevail. However, many private pool owners like myself who are self-isolating want to use our pool for exercise and need the comfort of knowing that we are safe to do so. This article and subsequent links suggest that we are safe if the pool is correctly and regularly maintained.

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