With Covid-19 lasting much longer than many of us want it to - there are still many questions many have about how it's transmitted, how long it lasts on surfaces, etc.

How Long Does Covid Last In Water?

One of the most common questions about the spread of Covid-19 is if it can be spread via water.

Can Covid-19 Spread To People Through Water?

Let's face it, the Coronavirus will be with us for several more months at least and we all need to work together to help stop the spread of this disease. The best way to do that is to follow the guidelines that are set forth by the CDC and the WHO organizations.

Be mindful of the fact that these guidelines may change as physicians and scientists learn more and more about Covid-19.

But, as far as the question of Covid-19 spreading through water - there hasn't been any evidence that the Coronavirus spreads through water. So, whether you are swimming in a pool or taking a bath or drinking water - there's nothing that has been found to show that the virus that causes Covid-19 is in water.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) - "The virus that causes COVID-19 has not been detected in treated drinking waterWater treatment plants use filters and disinfectants to remove or kill germs, like the virus that causes COVID-19. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates water treatment plants to ensure that treated water is safe to drink."

How Long Does The Coronavirus Last On Surfaces?

As far as other surfaces - the information we know of so far is...

  • Food containers & packaging - although there is no evidence of anyone contracting Covid-19 from these surfaces the recommendation is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after handling these types of items.
  • Fruits & vegetables - again, no evidence has yet been shown that Covid-19 has been contracted from fruits and vegetables but it may be possible. The recommendation is to wash and scrub all fruits and vegetables under running water (no soap required).
  • Household surfaces - it has been shown that Covid-19 can last for anywhere from 4 to 24 hours on a variety of surfaces such as tables, countertops, doorknobs, cardboard, light switches, toilets, etc. Recommendation is to disinfect these commonly touched items with a Lysol type of product and of course, wash your hands frequently.
  • Pets - although some animals have contracted the disease - there is no evidence that they are spreaders. Speak to your veterinarian about any precautions you should take if your pet is diagnosed with Covid-19.
  • You can read more about this information at the Mayoclinic.org

Can I Get The Coronavirus Disease From Swimming In A Swimming Pool?

When you are in a swimming pool alone - there is no danger of contracting Covid-19 if you fear that you might "catch it" from the water.

But where you COULD contract it from are other people in the pool, or perhaps on your way TO the pool (if it's a public pool) or if others are in the pool with you - even if it's your own private pool.

"It’s not the pool water that might expose you to the virus, but maybe the door handles and other objects that people are having a lot of contact with. Be sure to wash your hands frequently." - ucf.edu

The bottom line is to follow the guidelines that doctors and health care professionals have been giving us for months.

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Keep your physical distance from others (at least 6 feet, more if you can)
  • Avoid large crowds of 10 people or more
  • Avoid contact with anyone not in your immediate family
  • Get tested often

These guidelies are meant to protect you as well as others that you may come in contact with.

We are all fighting the same enemy.

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