Coronavirus - Is It Safe to Go Swimming?

Jane McGuire
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From Women's Health


It goes without saying, swimming is a strong contender as the best cardio - it's an amazing form of cross training for those training for a half marathon or marathon, the benefits are countless, plus can help injured runners recover faster.

Is it still safe to go swimming?

But is it still safe to have swimming as part of your training routine in light of the coronavirus pandemic? Here's what the The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) had to say:

“Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time.

“Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus.

“However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”

The World Health Organisation recommended chlorination level of 15mg.min/litre is sufficient to kill non-enveloped viruses such as poliovirus, rotavirus and coxsackievirus, and an enveloped virus such as Covid-19 would be inactivated at even lower levels, the document says.

At this time, Swim England is continuing to plan for events as normal. They have shared the general advice to avoid using any public pool if you do feel unwell, to avoid the spread of disease.


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