If you haven’t already heard; a survey by the “Water Quality and Health Council” was recently conducted where they found that one out of every five Americans admitted to peeing in pools. Along with this information, they also discovered that seven out of ten individuals skip showering before jumping into the pool.
The average swimming pool is about 16×32 feet and about and has a depth reaching 6 feet (roughly) and is laced with a surface to keep water from leaving the area. This means that you are basically swimming around in your own filth…or the filth from that little kid who’s been hiding out in the corner for the last five minutes with a strange look on his face (like he’s trying to solve a math problem).
Why should we rain on this kid’s parade though, or yours for that matter? Let’s start with what we know, we all sweat, we all pee, and we all poop (sorry for using the “p” words mom). When we take a shower, we rid ourselves of most of the bacteria we may have caught during the day. Bacteria could come be trapped on our bodies with the help of products such as sun tan lotion, cosmetics, and bug spray.
Besides urine and feces; other things, such as algae, saliva, insect larvae, and blood can also be found in swimming pools as well. Without properly cleaned pools (or people), this could have a negative and possibly harmful reaction to a person in the same water as this bacteria.
Some of the more common illnesses come in the form of “swimmers ear”, skin rashes, and respiratory. This may be why moms always say not to open your mouth under water and why your eyes get red (maybe it’s not all the chorine’s fault).
So if you want to try to limit exposure to yourself and others, the UFE suggests that you:
- Shower before and after swimming
- Avoid swimming if you already believe that you may be sick
- Wash your hands after you eat and after you go to the restroom (in a toilet…and not the pool)
Finally, tell all the children in the pool that their pee will turn purple…worked on me and scared the crap out of everyone…but not literally.