The Coronavirus pandemic has brought huge changes in all our lives. Being told to stay home, shelter in place, and maintain social distancing is not something that anyone is used to. But for those who have a hot tub at home, there’s a least some solace in the fact that it’ll get plenty of use this year. It’s been found that the virus responsible for COVID-19 is unable to survive water found in our water supplies or swimming pools and hot tubs. But bathers still need to remain vigilant when it comes to hot tub safety during a pandemic. To help manage any fears associated with hot tub use we provide this guide.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) maintains that the Coronavirus has not been found in our water supplies and the filtration and disinfection processes normally used by our municipal waterworks are sufficient in keeping the water free of harmful viruses. It has also found that there’s no evidence that the virus can spread through water in swimming pools or hot tubs as long as they are properly maintained with chlorine or bromine disinfectants.
Hot Tub Refuge
At uncertain times like these, your hot tub can play a greater role than ever in contributing to your peace of mind and health and wellbeing. Taking the time to soak in the warm massaging waters of the hot tub is a great way to get away from it all even without a pandemic lockdown. In this era of restrictions, confinement, and daily death counts, our hot tub can become even more of a refuge from a world that’s beyond our control. However, to keep you and your family safe, you still need to follow some basic hot tub safety guidelines during the pandemic.
Water Quality Maintenance
It’s important to keep your hot tub water quality properly maintained. Even though the CDC says that there’s no evidence of virus spread through hot tub water, the virus has been found in untreated wastewater at water treatment plants. This means that untreated hot tub water could also possibly harbour active viruses. Check your hot tub water quality levels regularly. Ensure the pH level is in the appropriate range to allow disinfectants to function properly. Make sure the water pump is running during the addition of chemicals and allow them to circulate for at least 15 minutes before retesting the levels. Make sure to read the directions on the chemical packaging as concentrations can vary from brand to brand and manufacturer to manufacturer.
Even though the virus does not appear to be able to survive in treated water, it can still be passed from person to person through the air. For this reason, it’s important to remember social distancing guidelines among people who are not from the same household. Keeping two metres apart might be difficult in a smaller hot tub, so rotational shifts might be necessary. Proper hand hygiene should also continue to be practiced.
Pregnancy and Medical Conditions
Pregnant women and those with medical conditions should seek advice before using a hot tub. And while you probably won’t want to be visiting a doctor just to find out if your hot tub is safe to use, it’s better to err on the side of caution until things get back to normal. If you haven’t spoken to a doctor before about your condition and the safety of using a hot tub, it’s probably best to just wait it out for awhile.
It’s recommended to keep your soaking sessions to 20 minutes or less. After a session, get out of the water and allow your body to cool down before getting back in. If at any time you feel dizzy or faint, you should extricate yourself from the hot tub.
To find out more about hot tub safety and best practices, download a free hot tub buyer’s guide.