Coronavirus: Doctors say pools can be safe this summer

Community pools could be safe this summer

TULSA, Okla. — Doctors say the pool can be a safe place to play this summer if people can maintain social distancing.

Dr. Dale Bratzler with OU Medicine says the chlorine and chemicals in pools will kill off the virus, so there’s no danger in getting in a pool that others have been in.

The challenge comes with community pools and being near people or touching the same surfaces as people who may be carrying the virus.

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If you’re using a community pool, doctors recommend staying at least six feet apart from others. If you touch the same chairs or rails, be sure to use sanitizer or wash your hands, and refrain touching your face.

If you have a personal pool in your back yard, doctors recommend being extra vigilant this year making sure chemicals are balanced, especially if you are inviting guests over.