Can CoronaVirus be spread in a hot tub?
The good news is that so long as the usual recommended hygiene standards are upheld, there is no increased risk.
A well-run, clean Hot Tub with appropriately treated water using chlorine at internationally accepted levels should provide adequate disinfection to neutralise the COVID-19 virus.
Given that the virus is a new one, experts cannot say with absolute certainty that it will be safe. However, most authorities believe that pool and spa waters that are adequately disinfected should not spread the disease. A bigger risk will be the face-to-face interaction between individual users of the pools and spas.
Continue following all the regular advice about not shaking hands and coughing/sneezing into a tissue and disposing of it immediately.
Maintenance is the Key
- Owners/Managers of Swimming pools, hot tubs and spas should always follow the guidelines for their particular type/size. This is still the case. They must refer to the relevant product guides for details.
- Operators should ensure chlorine levels in pools and spas are kept between 1-3mg/l with the pH between 6.8-7.4. Spa pools that use bromine need to maintain their water at 4-6mg/l bromine or 3-5mg/l chlorine. If applied correctly, the chlorine will kill germs, including those associated with Covid-19.
- Routine tests for microbiological quality should also be undertaken in line with national guidelines.
"Doing your own inspection before you get into any treated water, including: checking the water’s pH and free chlorine or bromine concentration. Test strips can test pH levels and free chlorine or bromine levels and can be found at most hardware and pool supply stores.
Best practices for pool/Spa safety
- Spa users who feel unwell should not use public facilities and under no circumstances spit or blow their noses in the water.
- Swimmers and spa users should wash their hands with soap and water often. Do this for at least 20 seconds.
Everyone should wash their hands when entering the facility. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. Health authorities recommend solutions with 60% alcohol.
- Everyone should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze.
Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
" When swimmers don’t shower before getting in pools, hot tubs/spas, or water playgrounds — or pee in the water — free chlorine (the form of chlorine that kills germs) combines with pee, poop, sweat, dirt, and personal care products,” states the CDC. “This means there is less free chlorine to kill germs and (as a result) unwanted chemical compounds are produced.
So It is safe to swim and take the below tips for Healthy Swimming:
- Check out the latest inspection score assigned to a public pool or hot tub/spa. You can typically find inspection scores online or on-site.
- Do your own mini-inspection. Use test strips to check disinfectant (chlorine or bromine) level and pH before getting in the water. You can purchase them from our Online store or from your nearest showroom.
- Shower before you get in the water. Rinsing off in the shower for just one minute helps get rid of most stuff that might be on a swimmer's body.
- Check yourself! Keep the pee, poop, sweat, blood, and dirt out of the water.
- Don’t swim or let children swim when sick with diarrhea.
- Don’t swallow the water. Just one mouthful of water with diarrhea germs can make you sick for up to 3 weeks.
For advice on all things pools and spas, call Dreamspas On following numbers :
Dreamspas Bristol Showroom : 01179 714868
Dreamspas Cardiff Showroom : 029 2132 7682
- Water Federation Guide to the Novel CoronaVirus 2019
- The EHS – Environment, Health, and Safety
- NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19)