While the parameters of access to the beaches are still being discussed (we will give you information on this as soon as the information becomes clearer) and while the bathing establishments are preparing to open to welcome tourists and try to save a season, however, compromised , let’s try to understand what are the risks of coronavirus contagion on the sand, at sea and in the pool.
RISK OF CONTAGION ON SAND
Can sand be a vehicle for contagion? The answer of Antonio Cassone, director of the infectious diseases department of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and professor of microbiology at the University of Perugia, leaves no doubt: the answer is no.
Sand poses no danger since it is not a suitable environment for the survival of the virus and since, even if the grains were contaminated by an infected person, for the infection to occur, an immediate passage of the infected microparticles to the healthy host individual would be necessary. Virtually impossible.
Yes, therefore, to children’s games on the sand and to sunbathing lying on the ground.
SWIMMING IN THE SEA: WHAT DANGERS?
Good news also with regard to swimming in the sea. It seems, in fact, always according to when declared by the professor Cassone in an interview with the Corriere, which the viral load of the virus in the water is reduced to practically zero. Even if, therefore, a person were to release virus particles into the water, these in contact with the water would dilute to the point of being harmless.
ARE OUTDOOR POOLS SAFE?
The pools are 100% safe. Chlorine, indeed, it is one of the most powerful disinfectants in the world, capable of killing any virus or bacterium. No problem, therefore, to attend outdoor facilities while respecting the physical distance from other people. If, in fact, water does not represent a vehicle for the transmission of the virus, close physical contact can be dangerous since the infected particles can be transmitted from the sick person to the healthy one by air.
WHY SHOULD WE ALSO BRING THE MASK TO THE BEACH?
The government has not yet made a clear statement on this. Therefore, the obligation to wear a mask on the beach is not confirmed. Sure it is, though, that physical distance with other people must be maintained and enforced since it is the direct contact with infected people that is the real responsible for the spread of the virus.
It should be known, however, that heat is a great enemy of Covid19 as it is of any virus. The heat, in fact, evaporates the particles suspended in the air, effectively canceling their viral load.