Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwww. Maybe this isn’t that big of a surprise to a lot of us, but it’s still nice to be validated once in a while, don’t you agree?
If you’ve ever taken a dip in a public pool, you know in the back of your mind you’re always wondering just exactly how many gallons of urine you are floating around with. And wondering how much chlorine they’re dumping into the cement pond to kill all the gross stuff in there.
Well, prepare to have your worst nightmares come true (just in time for summer!).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report stating that public pools are indeed disgusting bacteria pits and over 27,000 cases of illness occurred because of public pools from 2000 to 2014. And guess what? It all goes back to poop!
A parasite found in feces called Cryptosporidium was determined to be the main culprit. These little bugs cause major intestinal problems and they can live for up to 7 DAYS even after a pool has been treated with the recommended dose of chlorine. Yuck!
So if you learn anything from this disgusting study, it should be this: if you don’t feel well, don’t get into any pools because you might leave trace fecal matter behind and get everyone sick. And don’t swallow any water. Happy swimming!
h/t: Mental Floss