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Pools and massages: Yes or No?


Specializes in nursing ethics.

I do not know if this is the right forum. I looked on internet and got no answers. Where I live some massage spas have opened. You think a full body massage, head to toe, is too risky now? Business is slow. My suburb has a few Covid casualties so far. I am healthy-- brave and a good massage really helps rejuvenate me, helps my back, tension too. It's a rare physical pleasure. (It is not covered by insurance.) Big City nearby the odds of infection is around 01% in a hundred. (I asked 2 Chinese if they are cleaning more and they did not seem to know the word clean. Hard to believe.)

Also, how about public pools? They are closed here but 2 are open, at a great distance. Would you go?

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

No, I would not. Not for either one. No way.


Specializes in nursing ethics.

Anyone else have an opinion, as a nurse or not as a nurse.

A Hit With The Ladies, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 5 years experience.

You're so lucky that they're open in your area. I haven't ever been to a massage parlor, but if you're going to get 'full service' might as well bring condoms. Pools seem fun, too.

The way I see it, this Corona thing is a respiratory disease. You could quarantine your heart out and get it, without having a clue what you touched or whose exhalations ended up in your personal space. It's not like some STD where you can pinpoint the causative person. One can only do so much for this Corona and after that you just have to live, without getting paranoid, ya know?

herring_RN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical. Has 49 years experience.

Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

Public aquatic venues can consider different strategies to encourage healthy hygiene, including:

  • Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
  • Encouraging all staff, patrons, and swimmers to wash their hands often and cover their coughs and sneezes.
  • Cloth Face Coverings. Encouraging the use of cloth face coverings as feasible. Face coverings are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.
  • Advise those wearing face coverings to not wear them in the water. Cloth face coverings can be difficult to breathe through when they’re wet.
  • Staying Home: Educating staff, patrons, and swimmers about when to stay home (for example, if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days) and when they can safely end their home isolation.
  • Adequate Supplies: Ensuring adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene. Supplies include soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), paper towels, tissues, and no-touch trash cans.
  • Signs and Messages: Posting signs about how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly use a cloth face covering in highly visible locations (for example, at deck entrances and at sinks).
  • Broadcasting regular announcements about how to stop the spread on PA system. Including messages about behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19 in contracts with individual patrons or households, in emails, on facility websites (for example, posting online videos), through facility’s social media accounts, and on entrance tickets)

More: https://www.CDC.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/aquatic-venues.html