The good news for those who live in areas where public pools have opened is that the risk isn't the water itself. According to the Centers For Disease Control, there's no evidence that the virus can be spread through pools or hot tubs.
Fichtenbaum says the biggest risk is fellow pool goers and the possible transmission from contact in a public area where people are likely not wearing masks and may not be vigilant about practicing social distancing.
"Individuals with COVID-19 might transmit to others, and social distancing is hard in this setting," Dr. Fichtenbaum told POPSUGAR. "And wearing a mask isn't feasible. So, there may be a risk of transmission of COVID-19 when going to a public pool."
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