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Safety experts seeing increase in drownings during COVID-19 pandemic

Are you looking for some relief during the heat in the age of coronavirus? You are not alone, but experts are saying they are seeing an alarming number of drownings during the pandemic.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 2:30 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2020 4:28 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Are you looking for some relief during the heat in the age of coronavirus? You are not alone, but experts are saying they are seeing an alarming number of drownings during the pandemic.

The closure of beaches and public pools are all a result of the coronavirus.

Some people are desperate to find some relief in the water.

As a result safety experts are seeing more people invest in backyard pools. Some are concerned that it could lead to an increase in drownings closer to home.

And with some swim schools canceled due to COVID, it increases the chances of drowning.

The Red Cross has moved all their in-person classes on water safety online.

Representatives from the Red Cross say the best way to stay safe if you are heading to the water: Never swim alone and designate someone to watch over your children if they are swimming.

The World Health Organization reports that every year roughly 320,000 people worldwide drown.

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