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Shortly before security began, we reported that swimming in chlorinated pools was thought to be a fairly safe way to exercise during a pandemic.

The Group Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) said: & # 39; Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to swim (during the pandemic) & # 39; and that as long as people did before and after shower and generally observed the necessary precautions for hygiene, & # 39; water and chlorine in swimming pools will help kill the virus & # 39 ;.

And now a virology professor has warned that swimming in the ocean is safer than sleeping on the beach.

Professor John Ball appeared on The Morning yesterday to explain that & # 39; viruses don't like seawater & # 39; and that once public pools are reopened, chlorine is & # 39; incredibly effective & # 39; has way of killing viruses.

& # 39; Intuitively, you would think it was quite risky (to visit the coast), & # 39; you basically didn't care about other people's germs, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; But we know that viruses are not like seawater, like water, for a start that is at least as much and when pools are open, we know that chlorine is an incredibly effective way to kill that virus. & # 39;

It is definitely better to swim in the sea than with these lobsters to & # 39; to hang (Credits: EPA)

However, he was quick to warn that people should not touch contaminated surfaces, such as public drawbacks and handles and that social distance still needs to be observed. To be outside, he advised, was & # 39; better & # 39; then being inside, but it is still possible to get infected with the virus if you are too close to someone.

Importantly, seaside council visitors have tried to stay away from hot weather which has seen many of us flock to beaches in Southend, Brighton and other beach resorts.

Why we are in blue spaces makes us so much happier

We know that access to green space can have a massively positive impact on our mental health, but it can also take time at water.

Blue space – the coast, rivers, lakes, canals, even fountains – has been shown to improve our health, body and mind. Close to water and especially the sea is associated with many benefits, including higher levels of vitamin D.

A 2013 study on happiness in natural environments got 20,000 smartphone users to record their well-being and their immediate environment at random intervals.

Marine and coastal environments were by far the happiest locations – about six points higher than urban ones, of which researchers equaled the & # 39; difference between attending an exhibition and doing homework & # 39 ;.

So potentially, the feel-good factor of water is that another study from 2010 found that built environments that contain water are just as positive as areas of completely green open space.

There are many reasons why that might be. Aquatic environments may have less polluted air and more sun. Living in & # 39; near & # 39; the coast can ask people to be physically active – running, cycling, running, water sports.

Blue is also a restorative color, so being close to water can be more effective at reducing negative mood and stress than green spaces. The ebb and flow of waves can help take us out of ourselves – finding peace in nature and disturbing depressive thinking patterns. Immersing ourselves really forces us to think about something other than us; to stay above water, you need to contact your surroundings.

However, when you go to the beach, think about primary swimming – and use your garden, balcony or locally green space to do your sun.

If it's not worth a 30 minute swim to the coast, it's probably best to leave it until local authorities have announced that they are open to visitors.

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