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ATLANTA With the current heat wave spreading across America, many will seek relief to cool down by finding a swimming pool.
Have Fun this Summer, but be Careful
There are some things to remember about swimming in a public or private swimming pool.
Chlorine can kill germs in the pool, but it can't work miracles. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michele Hlavsa says the idea that swimming pool disinfectants kill germs instantly is a myth. She says that's why it's unhealthy to treat the pool like a toilet, and healthy to shower off any germs before getting in.
Mostly, people just have fun, but Hlavsa notes they can get a variety of diseases.
“They can get gastrointestinal infections, viral meningitis, ear infections - also known as swimmer's ear - but the most common infection is diarrhea.”
So, she advises, don't swallow the water, or swim with open sores.
Six Steps for Healthy Swimming
Following these healthy swimming steps will help to protect you, your family, and other swimmers from recreational water illnesses.
Three Steps for All Swimmers
Keep germs from causing recreational water illnesses:
Three Steps for Parents of Young Children
Keep germs out of the pool:
Have fun this summer, but be careful when swimming.
posted June 28, 2012 6:40 am edt