First, people ain’t washing their legs in the shower and now this chile! @CBSnews reports that a survey found that more than half of U.S. adults use a swimming pool as a substitute for showering, or use the pool to rinse off after exercise or yardwork.
Now, I can’t be the only one wondering who was actually surveyed for this, and to make matters worse, the survey revealed even more triflin’ information.
Of the two-thirds of those surveyed admitting to using a swimming pool as a bath, they said they do so even knowing that pool chemicals do not eliminate the need to shower before swimming.
With summer around the corner, this kind of info will make you think twice before you jump into the water as the report exposes that these bad habits contribute to dirty swimming pools.
“When dirt, sweat, personal care products, and other things on our bodies react with chlorine, there is less chlorine available to kill germs,” Dr. Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality & Health Council, said in a statement. “Rinsing off for just one minute removes most of the dirt, sweat, or anything else on your body.”
The report, which was conducted online by Sachs Media Group, surveyed 3,100 American adults. The report also found 40% of Americans admit to peeing in the pool as an adult.
Experts warn that urine reacts with chlorine, reducing the amount of the chemical available to kill germs.
“The bottom line is: Don’t pee in the pool,” said Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC’s Healthy Swimming program. “Swimming is a great way to be physically active and not peeing in the pool is a key healthy swimming step.”
It gets worse, though. The survey also revealed that almost a quarter of Americans said they’d go in a swimming pool within one hour of having diarrhea and 48% said they never shower before swimming.
The CDC advises that all swimmers stay out of the pool if they have diarrhea, as this can contaminate the pool with feces and germs, which can make others sick. They also advise that everyone should rinse off before entering a swimming pool.
What are y’all thoughts on this one, Roommates? Let us know!
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