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Among the many questions people still have surrounding the Covid-19, quite a few are centered around the safety of water, pools and swimming. Swim enthusiasts especially are interested in knowing whether they can re-introduce laps to their workout routines. The good news is, whether it's part or your regular practice or you are looking for a new way to keep healthy, swimming pools are still a safe place to work out.
The most important factor is "There is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people through water," according to the CDC. This extends to natural bodies of water, pools and hot tubs. While important precautionary measures should still be used, the main form of transmission - respiratory droplets - do not appear to infect people through water.
When it comes to pools and hot tubs in particular, the common use of chlorine as a sanitizing measure ads an extra layer of safety. As infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD told Health Magazine, "The coronavirus doesn't survive in chlorinated water." The main concern of spreading the virus in these areas is still the close contact with other people or contaminated surfaces. Cleanliness and sanitation of the surrounding area and furniture is essential. It is also still the recommendation of all health experts that when visiting a pool or outdoor water area, people continue to keep 6 feet of distance from other people (both in and out of the water), wear a face covering when not in the water, wash hands often and absolutely stay home if you are feeling ill.
At Chicago Athletic Clubs we are diligent about maintaining a protected and healthy environment throughout the clubs, and that includes our pools. With the safety of everyone a priority, and to help give those excited to get back into the pools a little more peace of mind, we want you to know everything we are doing to ensure our clubs and pools are a safe place to be.
Here is how we are making it's safe for everyone to swim in our pools:
Ultimately we are looking forward to helping everyone stay healthy and fit as we navigate the new normal of working out. We can't wait to see you in the clubs!