Please don't ruin 4th of July by drowning

CDC swimming safety tips

WWL Newsroom
July 04, 2020 - 3:43 pm
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As more people are staying home due to COVID-19, backyards with pools are extremely attractive this summer. Safety experts are asking people to please remember the rules for swimming safety.

Michele Hlavsa, the head of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Swimming program, says there is no data available so far that says the virus spreads in the water.

“We suspect based on the data that we have, that the chlorine in the water will inactivate or kill the virus in the pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds that we use when they are properly maintained,” says Hlavsa.

Hlavsa says, however, there are germs that can be spread in the water if the chlorine is not properly maintained.

“It should be at least one part per million and the Ph should be 7.2 to 7.8. That will maximize chlorine’s germ-killing power,” says Hlavsa.

Always keep an eye on children at the pool. Hlavsa says drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths in children ages one to four. She also says you should never swim when you are sick.

“Germs like E. coli and shigella get into the water when we swim when we’re sick with diarrhea and unfortunately chlorine is good at killing germs, but it doesn’t kill them right away,” says Hlavsa. “So, we need to stay out of the water if we have diarrhea.”

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