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Do: Play it safe around and in swimming pools, and keep space between yourself and others

Do: Play it safe around and in swimming pools, and keep space between yourself and others

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People visit a swimming pool in the center of Lyon, central France, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. More than half of France was placed on an orange alert for intense heat Monday _ the second-highest level on the scale _ as very hot temperatures were predicted across continental Europe this week. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the water. Proper operation, maintenance and disinfection (with chlorine or bromine) of pools should kill COVID-19.

Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity needed for a healthy life. If you are not sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is safe to use swimming pools as long as steps are taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet from others.

Avoid large gatherings of more than 10 people.

Keep your hands clean by washing hands with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Swimming does carry some health risks. Visit the CDC’s Healthy Swimming website for information.

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