Are water aerobics safe during COVID?

"Wearing a mask in the pool is impractical, so I don’t think a water aerobics class with multiple people is advisable."

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September 17, 2020 - 9:11 AM

Dear Dr. Roach: I found my water aerobics class very helpful. Would a water aerobics class be safe during the coronavirus pandemic? Do the chemicals in the water kill the virus? 

— A.

Dr. Keith Roach

Answer: The primary way of spreading coronavirus is person-to-person via respiratory droplets. If you are a few feet from another person, and you are both breathing heavily from exertion (or singing), then there is a high risk of transmitting the virus. Being in a pool does little or nothing to reduce that risk. Wearing a mask in the pool is impractical, so I don’t think a water aerobics class with multiple people is advisable.

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