Coronavirus at the pool?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities in some countries implemented social distancing and quarantine orders to try and slow down the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Many people stayed home from work and schools were closed or transitioned to online digital classes. While practicing social distancing, many people decided to make the best of the situation by enjoying the outdoors and some wondered if it was safe to go swimming. Questions have arisen about the spread of viruses and other microorganisms in the pool environment and people want to know if one can become infected when in a pool or hot tub.
While the world focuses on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, people are learning about viruses and why they make us sick. But many people might not be aware that planet Earth is full of viruses and bacteria, collectively referred to as microorganisms. We often think that all bacteria and viruses make us sick, but it turns out that's not the case.