COVID-19 and Beach Water Quality: Updates from the Research Community - As communities across the country experience the threat and disruption from COVID-19, many are wondering what they can do to keep themselves and their families safe. In addition to practicing social distancing, washing hands and spending more time at home, those of us in coastal communities may also seek the solitude, solace and maybe even a wave or two at our local beach. But does spending time in coastal waterways increase your risk of getting sick? There is still a lot of uncertainty, but the latest research indicates that coastal recreation could increase your risk of contracting or spreading the virus. Learn more here.