US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Spanish scientists called it unlikely a chance to get COVID -19 in a pool or sea water. But vacationers should not forget about caution.
The High Council for Scientific Research of Spain (CSIC) has published the results of a study conducted by scientists from six scientific centers of the country. The specialists were faced with the task of finding out whether it is possible to get COVID -19 in the pool, sea or on the beach.
The authors of the report emphasize that the main type of transmission is airborne. This is how the virus can go from person to person on the beach or in the pool. Infection directly through water is considered unlikely. When relaxing on the beach or exercising in the pool, it is recommended to take standard precautions: refrain from contact with other people and keep a distance.
The report states that the use of disinfectants in pools will help prevent the spread of the virus. In baths and saunas, where the temperature exceeds 60 ° C, the survival of the virus is also reduced. But in freshwater bodies that have not been treated with disinfectants, SARS-CoV-2 is much better preserved. When relaxing on a lake or river, it is very important to avoid crowding.
There is no data yet how the virus behaves in the sand. However, the authors of the study are of the opinion that high temperatures, salty sea water and exposure to ultraviolet radiation contribute to the inactivation of pathogens.
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