The Covid pandemic that began in 2020 put everyone’s lives into upheaval, and it’s been especially challenging for parents who have to continue working with kids at home all day.
While it’s nice to just let kids go, parents should be aware that researchers are seeing a new phenomenon – COVID-19 increases rates in drowning.
Drowning statistics were already concerning before the pandemic hit.
Here’s a glimpse of child drowning statistics before the pandemic:
Groups that are focused on drowning prevention and water safety express concerns that we could see a spike in drownings this year as a result of the pandemic. Their concerns are valid for these reasons:
It stands to reason that we have the perfect storm for an increase in child drownings because of the impact of COVID-19.
Have we seen a surge in child drownings so far?
Texas and Florida reported higher numbers of child deaths in 2020 than before the pandemic. In Arizona, drowning deaths tripled in 2020. In San Diego, county health departments reported having to rescue an increasing number of San Diego children from private pools after near-drownings. Reports show that the county made 49 water rescues, up from 37 in the same time period in 2019.
Water safety is an utmost priority for children of all ages and adults at any time of year.
Despite what many people think, children don’t always scream and wave their arms wildly when they feel like they’re drowning.
Can you say that you’re familiar with the signs of a possible drowning? If not, be on the lookout for these distress signals:
These general drowning rules apply to all children:
Learning CPR could save a child’s life. You may be able to save your child or someone else’s child if you get help right away.
Follow these CPR procedures for children age 1-8:
Be aware that if a child’s heart has stopped for 8-10 minutes, there is little chance of survival.
Child drownings can happen silently and in seconds. Be on the defense with a SwamCam pool alarm that alerts you when someone enters the pool area. SwamCam gives you peace of mind when leaving the pool area.