Open the Pools in Kentucky

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The pools need to open in Kentucky on Memorial Day Weekend. Swimming in unattended rivers, lakes and streams is dangerous. The CDC has found no evidence of COVID-19 spreading through treated water in swimming pools. The U.S. Army’s high-level biosecurity laboratory at Fort Derrick, MD, conducted a study that showed the novel Coronavirus does not survive when exposed to ultraviolet light and warm and humid conditions. The weather is getting warmer, the pool is safer than shopping at Walmart, Target, Krogers or Home Depot. The majority of Kentucky students will be out of school on May 15th.  Studies indicate without proper outlets juveniles are at an increased risk to engage in vandalism and other criminal behaviors.  Psychological scientists at the University of Washington’s Center for the Science of Social Connections warn I that this is a perfect storm for depression risk and that we need to be prepared for an epidemic of clinical depression. Opening our community pools will help keep our communities happier, safer and ultimately healthier.  Thank you for your support.