You would have seen celebrities coming out from the pool and going towards shower nearby to disinfect or kill germs they gather from the pool. But according to Michele Hlavsa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is true chlorine has the power to kill germs in a swimming pool, but you can’t rely on it completely. According to her, swimming pool disinfectants kill germs instantly is a myth. In an article on healthy swimming in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, she advises don’t swallow the water, or swim with open sores. You can get gastrointestinal infections, viral meningitis, ear infections – also known as swimmer’s ear – but the most common infection is diarrhea.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cdc.gov following steps could help you to keep illness at bay
• When you have any sort of illness like diarrhea, avoid swimming. If you don’t you are spreading germs in the water and other people are at risk of getting sick.
• Don’t swallow the pool water while swimming.
• When you are ready for swimming, shower with soap before swimming and wash your hands after using toilet or germs on your body would land in water.
If there are young kids with parents
• Change the diapers of the kids in a bathroom or a diaper changing place and don’t do this thing at the poolside, germs will easily spread in the pool.
• Before swimming wash your child with soap and water.
Did you know children, pregnant women and people with a weak immune system can get affected with water borne disease immediately? Mostly these pools are contaminated with human and animal feces which contain Crypto or Cryptosporidium and this crypto can result in life-threatening infection.