Swimming has long been declared one of the healthiest exercises for human beings. For rightly so the reasons. It helps burn a lot of calories, keeps you in shape and above all of that, releases off unnecessary stress.
When we talk about swimming, the first thing you will imagine is taking a dip in the pool. While you can swim on the riverside or sea as well, the swimming pool is the most used medium. On paper, you might not think of any negative effects of that but there are some essential things to consider.
Most importantly, a swimming pool can be a breeding ground for germs and a number of bacteria. While chlorine may kill off these microbes, some may continue to survive to inflict harm to the swimmer.
Think Twice Before Swimming?
Researchers associated with the Centers for Disease Control made inspection checks in public pools all over the USA. The results of the studies were surprising and may make you think twice before you actually decide to take a dip in the pool.
The researchers concluded that, firstly, chlorine isn’t necessarily keeping the swimming pool safe from germs. Despite the disinfectant measure undertaken, some of them continue to multiply in the pool. As a result, putting the swimmers at risk of severe infections. In fact, the findings inferred that a person was far more likely to be infected by the so-called “disinfectant pool” than normal water.
One other important takeaway from the findings was the existence of chlorine tolerant bugs. These pathogens have been responsible for causing multiple outbreaks in the US over the past years. According to one other study, from the year 2000 to 2014, there have been as many as 490 outbreaks resulting from recreational “swimming” water. Subsequently, 5000 medical cases have been reported due to various such incidences. Interestingly enough, the number of outbreaks from non-treated water stands at a mere 150 only.
There hasn’t been much research done to calculate the number of visitors to public pools every year. Yet, an estimate has so far been made. It is believed that there are about 310,000 public pools with on average 300 million visitors every year.
In addition to that, there are about 10.4 million residential pools. The unfortunate side is that in most cases, these private swimming pools become active breeding grounds for harmful bacteria.
Poop in the Pool
So far, you might be just wondering that swimming pool only contains germs and other bacteria. But there is one other thing present alongside human poop.
The researchers associated with the CDC study found that in the majority of the circumstances, the pool had both visible and invisible poop particles. Primarily, they become the reason for the transmission of infections.
A person swimming in the pool transmits poop germs from his/her anus to the water. The presence of Cryptosporidium parasite was noted that has led to the infliction of severe health complications.
Long story short what you need to keep in mind is that swimming pools aren’t that safe as you might perceive them to be. Chlorine may kill off some germs but other tolerant bugs continue to reside within the pool. While there isn’t much that can be done about the poop particles, it is important that the swimmer showers before entering the water.