The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some news to share with you, and it kind of stinks: 58 percent of the public pools they tested last summer had genetic material from E. coli bacteria. In short, there’s poop in a lot of public swimming pools. And with most public pools kicking off swimming season next week, that’s not the kind of news we’re excited to hear.
We’ll spare you the gory details about how the E. coli gets into the pools (if you’re dying to know, you can get the full story here) and cut to the chase. Here’s what the CDC recommends to ensure you have a good, HEALTHY swim (spread the word … ). Swimmers should always shower before going in the pool, never swallow pool water, skip the pool if you have diarrhea and, if you’re taking children to the pool, take potty-trained kids to the restroom every hour and check diapers every 30-60 minutes.
If you’ve not officially sworn off swimming in public places, put on your seatbelt because the public pools aren’t the only germy locales. Grab the disinfectant and check out 7 more germy spots.