Summer is basically here, which means cooling off in America's favorite cesspool of germs: swimming pools. 

After working at a swim academy for two years, swimming pools are literally the grossest things ever. Don't get me wrong, I'm still going to swim in them, but it's still nice to know what the CDC has to say.

According to their latest report, pool-induced diarrhea is on the rise. Yep, that's right. If you were worried about swallowing pee when you go swimming, now you have to worry about possibly swallowing this parasite,cryptosporidium, caused when people swim with diarrhea.

Crypto can live up to 10 days in chlorinated water causing watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, and/or nausea or vomiting if swallowed.

Don't worry, these parasites can be easily avoided. If you or your child have diarrhea it's advised to avoid swimming pools/water parks so you don't infect other swimmers.

The best way to kill this parasite from your pool is to treat it with high levels of chlorine, according to the CDC.

Or you can just not swallow the water. Happy summer everyone!

Source: The Washington Post | Science of US


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