Is COVID-19 Spread Through Water?
A question on everyone's mind is how to best protect ourselves and our patients during this pandemic. The Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy is referencing the CDC for the most up to date information on the question: Is COVID spread through swimming pools?
For all clinicians in larger institutions or organizations, you will be following your facility's decisions and recommendations. For those in Private Practice or others looking for guidance, at this time according to the CDC “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Please be aware that it is still recommended that people maintain social distancing, so this may be a factor in accurately applying skilled aquatic physical therapy. Again, refer to the CDC website for most exact information, and carry on safe splashing!