People around the world are in the grips of a pandemic, with cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) breaking out in Europe and North America. The most common symptom of COVID-19 is fever, which can range from mild to severe. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and even death. Inhaling liquid carries the potential to spread the virus, so it’s crucial to be mindful of what you’re putting in your body.
What Is Pool Water?’
If you’re unfamiliar, pool water is liquid that’s gathered in a pool as a result of heavy rain or melting snow. It can be extremely dangerous to your health if you’re not careful, so make sure that you are careful around pools and their water!
Due to the pandemic, people are trying to avoid being near pools and their water, so some governments and public health authorities are advising people against inhaling or drinking pool water. The reasoning behind this is that COVID-19 can be transmitted through surface water aerosols, or small droplets of water that are suspended in the air. In other parts of the world where the virus has not been as prevalent, people have been known to take a swig of pool water. However, there’s no need to put your health at risk, and in these regions, people are being advised against doing so.
Why Is It Dangerous?
Because it’s wet, it’s humid, and it’s cold, pool water is an ideal breeding ground for germs. If you’re around a pool for any length of time, it’s likely that you’ll inhale water droplets that are traveling in the air, or that the droplets will land on your lips. Even worse, if you’re in a closed space and you swallow a mouthful of water, you could find yourself in trouble. The health risks associated with inhaling or eating contaminated food are also high, and the list of what you might contract is quite long.
How Is COVID-19 Transmitted?
The primary way that COVID-19 is transmitted is through inhalation of water droplets. In other words, it’s carried by the air that we breathe. Once the virus enters your body, it can take between one and two days for your body to produce enough antibodies to combat the infection. During this time, you might feel sick, and your symptoms can range from mild to severe. The most vulnerable populations include people with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly and those who have chronic health problems.
While the virus is highly contagious, it is not necessarily fatal. The vast majority of cases will present as flulike symptoms, and a small percentage of people will develop more severe illness. Anyone who contracts COVID-19 should stay in quarantine for at least 14 days. This is to allow for a sufficient number of antibodies to develop in your body, thus preventing the virus from re-establishing itself.
Risk Factors For COVID-19
If you’re going to be around a pool or lake, it’s essential to understand the risk factors associated with COVID-19. People who have certain medical conditions are at a greater risk of developing serious illness or dying from COVID-19, and it’s vital to be mindful of these risks if you’re in close proximity to a wet and humid environment. Risk factors include, but are not limited to, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), coronary artery disease (CAD), diabetes, and liver disorders.
Numerous studies have shown that the virus spreads easily amongst people who are in close proximity to one another. It spreads much more effectively in warm, humid climates, and those who are elderly or have pre-existing medical conditions are at the greatest risk of contracting the virus. Unfortunately, as the pandemic continues to loom, there are likely to be more cases of COVID-19, and increased risks to your health. Inhaling or eating contaminated food or water is one way that the virus can establish itself within your body, so it’s crucial to be mindful of what you’re putting into your mouth.