It’s not the pool water that might expose you to the virus, but maybe the door handles and other objects that people are having a lot of contact with. Be sure to wash your hands frequently.
How can I protect myself from becoming infected?
While there is no vaccine for COVID-19, basic principles apply that can keep you healthy just like with the flu.
The CDC recommends that everyone should:
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
For more details, visit the CDC website on protecting yourself and others.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
According to the CDC, coronavirus symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
It is recommended that if you develop emergency warning signs, including those listed below*, that you seek medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
For additional information, reference the CDC website.
Should I wear a face mask if I'm not sick?
You should cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected; however, you will still need to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others, as it is not a substitute for physical distancing.
Visit the CDC website for more information about the proper user of cloth face coverings.