Hot Tub Safety During a Pandemic
There’s no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic has changed all our lives. From the shutdown of restaurants, bars, and movie theatres to being told to stay at home and shelter in place, the experience we’re all going through is unprecedented. But if you already have a hot tub, that’s at least one thing that can remain a constant. It’s been found that the virus is unable to be passed from person to person through the water in properly maintained swimming pools and hot tubs. If you’re worried about hot tub safety during a pandemic, we’ve come up with an article to assuage your fears.
Maintaining Water Quality
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Coronavirus has not been found in the water supplies and there’s no evidence to suggest that it be passed onto people who use swimming pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas. With proper operation and maintenance (including the use of chlorine or bromine disinfectants) the virus should be inactivated in the water. Obviously, proper maintenance of water quality will play an important role in keeping your hot tub virus free. Regular testing of your hot tub water is imperative. Ensure that the pH level is in the appropriate range to allow disinfectants to do their jobs properly. When adding chemicals to the water, make sure the pumps are running and allow the water to circulate for at least 15 minutes before retesting the water. Once you’re confident the levels are where they should be you can use the water for bathing. Remember that chemical concentrations can vary across brands and manufacturers, so familiarizing yourself with the instructions of new brands is crucial.
Your Hot Tub as A Safe Haven
Now, more than ever, your hot tub can provide relaxation, stress relief, and peace of mind. With 24/7 newscasts, daily death counts, and conflicting advice as part of our new routine, it’s important to take time for yourself so as not to allow the circumstances to overwhelm you. Your hot tub can be your safe haven in this time of uncertainty. However, you still need to use it properly and adhere to safety advice.
Hot Tub Temperature
The maximum hot tub temperature recommended is 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius. Most hot tubs won’t heat water higher than that temperature, but you should still keep an eye on it just in case things have changed. If you have a medical condition, you’ll probably need to reduce the temperature even more.
You shouldn’t spend more than 20 minutes in the hot tub during a single session. After 20 minutes, get out of the water and allow your body to cool down. If you ever feel light-headed or woozy, get out of the water.
Even though the virus may not be able to survive the hot tub water, because it can pass through the air, you should still be practicing social distancing if you’re not with members of your own house. This may not always be possible in smaller hot tubs, so it might become a solo activity for some.
Staying hydrated is important when using a hot tub. The temperatures can quickly cause dehydration which could lead to cramping or fainting spells. Alcohol isn’t recommended while spending time in the hot tub as it could increase dehydration. Drinking water while in the hot tub will hydrate while keeping your body cool.
Pregnant Women and Children
Pregnant women shouldn’t use the hot tub as it could cause complications with the pregnancy. It’s also important to keep an eye on young children who are using the hot tub as drowning can occur in a very short period of time. Limit the time that children spend in the hot tub to 10-minute sessions.
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