Are swimming pools safe?
I get asked this question a lot, and I think nobody knows the answer to that question, because swimming pools are so variable.
It’s how well chlorinated they are. You know, you get external ear infections in some swimming pools because the chlorination’s not that good, or it’s been a hot day, and lots of people have been in the pool, and it’s just been overwhelmed by the number of people in the pool. So I think there’s just too much variation in swimming pools to be absolutely sure that they are free of virus. It’s quite likely they are, I’m not sure anybody really knows the answer to that question.
And for example, in Aboriginal communities, they have swimming pools, and it’s a marvellous thing for kids’ ears, it helps their ears to go swimming. If you go to school, what often happens in Aboriginal communities is that kids go to school, and are good attendees at school, and they get to go to the pool, and it helps their ears and so on.
So swimming is a good thing, it’s good for exercise. Is it going to be a danger point for COVID-19? Probably not, but you’ve just got to be sensible.
Last Reviewed: 23/01/2021