Can Coronavirus Live in A Hot Tub?

The transmission of the Coronavirus that has caused the global pandemic has undoubtedly changed the world in which we live. Things we used to take for granted are now fraught with uncertainty and menace. With public swimming pools and gyms in a state of flux, it’s difficult to know whether they’re safe to use or not. And what about our most beloved relaxation technique of soaking in a hot tub? Can coronavirus live in a hot tub? In this article, we’ll go over some of the latest findings regarding the effects of the Coronavirus on swimming and hot tub use.

Can the Coronavirus Spread Through Hot Tubs?

According to statements from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as recent findings from virologists at the Imperial College London (ICL), hot tubs and swimming pools that are well maintained and have sufficient levels of chlorine or other disinfectants in the water, the Coronavirus is quickly inactivated. According to the virologists at the ICL, transmission via swimming pool water is “incredibly” low. The CDC says it is “not aware of any scientific reports of the virus that causes COVID-19 spreading to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, water playgrounds, or other treated aquatic venues.”

Proper Hot Tub Maintenance

It’s important to note that the bodies of water in question need to be properly maintained. This includes ensuring the mechanical components are operating properly, the water chemistry is correctly balanced, and the appropriate levels of sanitizers and other chemicals are used. According to the ICL, “a concentration of free chlorine of 1.5 milligrams per litre and a pH of between 7–7.2 reduced the infectivity of the SARS-CoV-2 more than 1,000 fold within just 30 seconds.” Consequently, ensuring that the water’s pH levels are correct and the proper concentration of chlorine in the water is maintained will go a long way in making the swimming or soaking environment much safer.

Adequate Ventilation

While it’s been stated that the Coronavirus is unlikely to survive upon contact with water in a hot tub or swimming pool, it’s important to remember that the virus that causes Covid-19 is thought to spread from person to person mainly through respiratory droplets in the air. For this reason, it’s still important to maintain adequate ventilation in enclosed spaces. If you have an outdoor hot tub, this shouldn’t be a problem. Indoor hot tubs, by their very nature, require extra ventilation. However, extra precautionary steps should be taken to ensure the ventilation systems are operating properly when using an indoor hot tub with people from different households. Exhaust fans and overhead ceiling fans should be in operation. If windows are accessible they should be opened as well.

Social Distancing and Face Masks

Although it may be difficult to maintain social distancing in smaller hot tubs it should still be practiced whenever possible – especially when people from different households are using the hot tub. If social distancing is impossible, wearing face masks is advisable to help reduce the chances of airborne transmission. That said, masks should remain dry and shouldn’t be submerged in the water as this will reduce their efficacy.

Fomite Transmission

Fomite transmission occurs when an inanimate object is infected with the Coronavirus and is then transferred to a human host through contact. Although recent reports from the CDC suggest that the chances of this occurring appear to be quite low, it’s in everyone’s best interest to keep the surfaces around the hot tub clean. Frequently touched and shared surfaces objects such as tables, chairs, pool toys, doorknobs and faucets should be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Is It Safe to Use A Hot Tub?

When it comes to Coronavirus transmission, hot tub use appears to be safe as long as appropriate maintenance takes place. There appears to be little risk of the virus being transmitted through the water itself. The most risk associated with the Coronavirus appears to be due to factors that are not intrinsic to actual hot tub use itself. This means that the precautions you take in your everyday life should continue to be applied when using a hot tub.

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