Is swimming safe during a pandemic? UK experts: Chlorine in swimming pools helps kill viruses

Is it still safe to use swimming as part of your daily training amid the coronavirus pandemic? Here's an opinion from the experts at the Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) UK. PWTAG is an independent UK not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising the standard in swimming pool water treatment. For the past 35 years, PWTAG has been the authoritative source for standards and guidance on swimming, spa and spa pool management in the UK.

"The public health view is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time," the experts said. "The water and chlorine in the pool help kill the virus." However, PWTAG also reminds the public that swimming pool visitors must Shower, shower when leaving the pool, and take necessary hygiene precautions when going to public places to reduce the risk of infection.

Chlorine disinfectant is widely used in swimming pools and water amusement pools at home and abroad, with good sterilization effect and economical method of disinfection of pool water. Although ozone and ultraviolet sterilizers can kill pathogenic microorganisms quickly and effectively, they have no continuous disinfection ability and effect. They should be supplemented with chlorine sanitizers during application to provide "free residual chlorine" to the pool water to maintain its continuity. disinfection effect.

The World Health Organization recommends a minimum chlorination level of 15 mg per liter of water. The document says chlorine in the water is sufficient to kill non-enveloped viruses such as polio, rotavirus and coxsackie. The enveloped virus similar to the new coronavirus covid19 will also be largely inactivated.

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