COVID-19, Swimming Pool Study
In 60 years of business, our company has built thousands of aquatic spaces all over the world, whether for sport, gatherings or fun. In all these years, we have been proud to have contributed, together with swimming federations, public and private bodies, to grow the culture of water. We felt responsible for the construction of swimming facilities suitable for the progression of all water activities but also designed to maximize pleasure and safety during these activities.
In the face of the Covid-19 emergency, swimming pools – like many other sports centres and gyms – are now under a magnifying glass to better understand the risks of virus transmission both in common areas of use and – more specifically – in the water.
We therefore asked ourselves – like many others – about the possibility of short-term reopening of swimming pools and swimming centres and we thought about how we could contribute to a better understanding of the Covid-19 transmission risks in chlorinated water, typical of the swimming pool environment.
That being said, we decided to rely on the advice of one of the leading international scholars on the safety of swimming pool water and swimming facilities, Professor Vincenzo Romano Spica, (Professor of Hygiene at the University of Rome “Foro Italico”), who shared a first outlook and evaluation of the current scenario, which we have put together in this document.
COVID-19, Swimming Pool Study
We interviewed Prof. Vincenzo Romano Spica, Professor of Hygiene at the University of Rome “Foro Italico” *, among the greatest scholars on the safety of swimming pool water and swimming facilities.
PROFESSOR, THIS CORONAVIRUS IS INFECTING THE WORLD AND STOPPING DIFFERENT SPORTS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THOSE IN THE POOL. CAN SWIMMING POOLS REALLY CONSTITUTE A DANGER?
Although Coronaviruses have been known since the 1950s and 1960s, this new virus called SARS-CoV-2 really has new, unknown and therefore unpredictable characteristics, both through its ability to spread and cause the “Covid-19” disease. In the 80s-90s I studied Coronaviruses among the various so-called “para-influenza” forms, some of which had been found – albeit rarely – even in swimming pools, such as pharyngoconjunctivitis from swimming pools, caused by an Adenovirus, or other flu-like forms due to other very common, seasonal and widespread microbes in the general population of all ages. Coronaviruses, like other seasonal viruses and forms called para-influenza, are very contagious and easily transmissible from person to person in different environments, even without frequenting swimming pools! Swimming pools are therefore… READ MORE!
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