1 In 5 Americans Have Admitted To Using Pools As Bathrooms

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This may make you want to stay away from public pools, but a new study has revealed that people do indeed pee in pools.

Not only are public pools full of urine, but all those people are littering the water with all kinds of nasty germs.

The Water Quality and Health Council have conducted a survey had have found that one in five Americans confessed to using a public pool like a public bathroom. When you add on top the seven in ten people who have jumped in the pool after skipping a shower, public pools a full of germs.

Urine, sweat, cosmetics, sunscreen, perfume, hair products, bug spray and other dirt can mix with chlorine to create irritants that can cause skin rashes and red eyes.

Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program explained to CNN, “These irritants, not the chlorine itself, cause red eyes when we swim and the strong chemical smell of some pools.”

And contrary to popular belief, chlorine does not kill all germs, like Cryptosporidium, which is responsible for half of all gastroenteritis outbreaks.

So clean up before heading to the public pool.

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