But according to a new study released by the CDC, maybe we shouldn't be so cavalier about not rinsing before a dip.
"A study of public pools done during last summer’s swim season found that feces are frequently introduced into pool water by swimmers. Fifty-eight percent of the pool filter samples tested were positive for E. coli, bacteria normally found in the human gut and feces. The E. coli is a marker for fecal contamination. Finding a high percentage of E. coli-positive filters indicates swimmers frequently contaminate pool water when they have a fecal incident in the water or when feces rinse off their bodies because they do not shower thoroughly before getting in the water."Code Brown! Code Brown! Get out of the pool and shock the shit out of it! Literally!
Seriously, though, that's gross. Although the figures are enough to make you want to take that shower before hopping in, the study wasn't able to determine whether the bacteria found in filters was live and capable of making anyone sick. I'll also point out that the bacteria was in the filters, i.e. it was filtered out of the water as it should be and captured in the basket to be removed. Doesn't mean there isn't more of it in the water, but maybe the concentration in the filter is higher because it's doing its job. Let's hope, anyway.
|If this keeps up, I'm going to need a new google |
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I'm as guilty as the next person of not showering before getting in the pool, but with all this crap--literal and figurative--floating in the water, maybe it's time to start taking hygiene and the comfort of other swimmers into consideration. Still, I almost never wear perfume, and I don't lotion up before heading to the pool (who does? what a weirdo!) and I'm pretty sure I don't have poop hanging around in the bottom of my suit. But I guess you can never be too sure.
To the showers, Batman! And if I get on deck already wet, maybe I won't feel as grossly hot as I usually do.