What In The Chlorine-Filled Filth? Half Of Americans Report Using Swimming Pool In Place Of Shower

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New Survey Says Over Half Of American Adults Use Swimming Pool In Lieu Of Shower

So according to a new report, you might have some cousins out here using the swimming pool for bathing rather than for say, SWIMMING.

According to CBS News, a new survey found that more than half of U.S. adults use a swimming pool as a kind of communal bathtub, admitting to swimming as a substitute for showering or rinsing off after exercise.

Folks do this even though two-thirds of the people surveyed say they know that swimming pool chemicals don’t eliminate the need to shower before swimming.

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“When dirt, sweat, personal care products, and other things on our bodies react with chlorine, there is less chlorine available to kill germs,” Dr. Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality & Health Council, said. “Rinsing off for just one minute removes most of the dirt, sweat, or anything else on your body.”

The report was conducted online by Sachs Media Group and they surveyed 3,100 American adults. In their study, they also found that 40% of Americans admit to peeing in the pool as an adult. Again, EVEN THOUGH experts warn that when urine reacts with chlorine, it reduces the amount of the chemical available to kill germs.

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“The bottom line is: Don’t pee in the pool,” said Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC’s Healthy Swimming program.

Yes, grown adults need to be told this.

“Swimming is a great way to be physically active and not peeing in the pool is a key healthy swimming step,” added Hlavsa.

If you thought washing and peeing were the only nasty a$$ things people did in the people, prepare yourself. The survey also showed that a quarter of Americans said they’d go in a swimming pool within one hour of having diarrhea and 48% said they never shower before taking a dip.

The CDC advises that all swimmers keep out of the pool if they have diarrhea, since this can contaminate the pool with germs and feces, which can make other people sick. Health professionals also say everyone should rinse off before dipping in the pool.

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Again, you wouldn’t think grown adults wouldn’t have to be told this, but here we are.