Is It Possible To Catch COVID-19 While Surfing? Learn More
COVID-19 had a definite impact on surfers over the last two years with many surfing competitions being canceled and people being forced to stay at home due to multiple lockdowns & social distancing.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
So, if you’re lucky to stay in an area where surfing is not forbidden, then should you still go surfing? Well, it all depends on how crowded the surfing area is and how close you're to other people in the water.
It should be known that as a surfer, you have to swallow or even spit out some amount of saltwater while surfing, which means that the water can prove to be contagious. Hence, we have gathered some essential information for you to know before you go surfing in this COVID-19 scenario.
Can You Catch COVID-19 While Going Surfing?
According to a well-known company selling Billabong wetsuits in the UK, it has been proved that the COVID-19 virus remains temporarily infectious in natural freshwater environments such as streams & lakes.
However, there's no available information on whether the virus remains alive in saltwater, like that of seas & oceans. Hence, it's truly unclear whether going swimming or surfing in saltwater can lead to COVID-19 infections.
But, it should be known that the virus does spread among humans, participating in activities within close range. So, there's a massive issue if you want to spend time at the beach when going surfing because you'll come in contact with other beachgoers and the risk of infections will be higher. It is really important to keep a distance from the people who are infected.
Furthermore, you must remember that the COVID-19 virus can also spread through the feces of infected people. So, if you're surfing in an area where there are multiple sewage spills, septic tanks, or cesspools, then the risk of infections will be higher.
Thus, if you can surf in clean waters of the ocean or sea, you don’t have to worry about the above-mentioned issue. Hence, we always suggest checking the water quality of the beach you’re planning to surf in.
How Can You Treat Poor Quality Beach Water?
You can opt for some of the typical treatment procedures such as chlorine sterilization or using any other disinfectants because they'll be effective in killing the virus. You can always use sanitizer and try to clean your hands every time you go outside or touch anything that will benefit you.
Additional Safety Tips To Follow
- Always wash your hands frequently in beach water.
- Take a bottle of hand sanitizer with you when going surfing.
- Don’t touch your face at all using your hands.
- After surfing, sanitize your surfboard and wash your wetsuits & accessories.
- In case you’re sick, then you should stay at home.
- Always wear a mask when navigating around the beach area among other people and maintain social distancing.
Lastly, if you have any further queries, don’t hesitate to ask us at any time.