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Half Of Americans Admit To Using Swimming Pools Instead Of Showers, Study Says

By Parker Diakite

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With the summer season approaching, it’s no secret that taking a dip in the pool is one of the best ways to stay cool during those hotter days.

But a new survey revealed that some people are doing more than swimming.

A new study by the Water Quality and Health Council revealed that more than half of those surveyed have used a pool as a communal bathtub.

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In other words, 51 percent admitted to using the pool as an alternative to showering or rinsing off after engaging in physical activity despite the fact that more than 60 percent of Americans surveyed know pool chemicals don’t eliminate the need to shower.

“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. “Rinsing off for just 1 minute removes most of the dirt, sweat, or anything else on your body.

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And if not showering before entering a pool isn’t enough to make you gag, the survey also found that 40 percent admitted to urinating in the pool as an adult.

When urine reacts with chlorine, it reduces the amount of chemicals available to kill germs. Additionally, 24 percent of Americans said they would go in a pool within one hour of having diarrhea.

“The bottom line is: Don’t pee in the pool,” said Michele Hlavsa, chief of 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.”

The survey comes as health officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and experts from the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance work to educate the public on safe swimming practices.

Health officials are advising the public to consider checking inspection scores at the swimming venue or online. The Water Quality & Health Council has compiled a growing list of local and state health departments that provide online access to swimming pool inspection reports.

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