How Safe are Seas and Pools in Outbreak Days? What the Experts Say

Violet Field inLifestyleMay 17, 2020 4 min read11 views

Experts are concerned about not obeying the social distance rule and point out that common areas such as chaise lounges and cabins carry more risks.

The summer season entered in the coronavirus shade brought up the issue of whether sea and pools are risky.

Researches reveal that coronavirus is very unlikely to be transmitted from sea and pool water.

In the researches, it is stated that the salt and its density in the seawater do not provide an environment suitable for the survival of the virus, and the disinfectant substances used primarily in chlorine in the pools neutralize the virus.

However, violations of social distance rules are more worrying for scientists and public health professionals in common areas such as the beach and poolside.

Professor Dr. Concise: It's not worth taking the risk

Scientific Committee member Dr. Tevfik concise, following on from the virus that infected the sea or the pool  says : 

“We don't really know every feature of this virus. We do not have information that until now it has been contaminated by the pool or seawater, but this does not mean that it is 'absolutely not contaminated'. It is not clear how the virus will behave. It may be a little bit again due to the salt it contains in the sea, but I am concerned about hygiene, cleanliness, how many people enter the same mirror for the pool. ”

Professor Dr. He states that with the concise mentality of 'There is no virus in the water anyway', it would be dangerous for everyone to flock to the beaches and ignore the social distance rules:

"Maybe it is not smeared with water, but we can get it well. If you can't keep your distance while leaving the pool and sunbathing, the congregated community will be infected with you in the environment. only belongs to you then there is no problem.

Professor Dr. Tezer: Every common area is dangerous

Another Scientific Committee member Dr. Hasan Tezer says:

 “We know that the virus can survive in a 40 percent humidity environment at a temperature of 21-24 degrees, is affected by chlorine and dies, and is not transmitted by water (except septic tank water). In other words, sea salt density and the pool does not give the virus an environment to live due to the chlorine in it. But this is' Oh, how comfortable! Come on to the pool. Maybe it is not contaminated from the pool or the sea, but it is very critical before or after entering! Every common area is dangerous for the infectiousness of the virus. For example, there may be viruses even on handrails and stairs that are placed to get out of the pool. The person who entered before you touched, but it was not cleaned enough, you touched, this means that the virus is also infected. In order to have a healthy summer, social distance-disinfection-hygiene rules must be strictly followed. ”

Dr. Buying: Hygiene of loungers and changing cabinets is critical

Infectious diseases and clinical microbiologists. Esra Ergün Alış also says that, based on the researches carried out so far, the salt and density of the seawater do not provide a suitable environment for the virus, and the disinfectant substances used primarily in chlorine in the pools neutralize the virus. 

Alış states that the main concern is not the swimming in the pool or the sea, but the behaviors that people will exhibit after they leave:

"The fact that social distance rules can be violated is of concern. Also, the hygiene of communal areas, toilets, locker cabins, and sun loungers on the beach or by the pool is very important and critical."

"Use your belongings"

Underlining that purchasing, any kind of glasses, snorkel, and sea bed that can be used in the pool can be an important factor in the transmission of the virus: 

“It should not be forgotten that there are 'ghost' carriers of the virus, which we call asymptomatic. And it is not clear who they are. Therefore, these items should not be used in common. "Make sure you have your own belongings or make sure disinfection is complete."