Why Peeing In Pools Is More Dangerous Than You Think

Why Peeing In Pools Is More Dangerous Than You Think

Do you like to visit swimming pools? They always have signs up reminding swimmers not to pee in the water, right? But a lot of people simply think “Pfft, it’s no big deal! The chlorine kills the germs anyway!” Well, in this video, you’re gonna find out that peeing in the pool absolutely is a big deal and why you really shouldn’t do it.

TIMESTAMPS:
How much urine one commercial-sized swimming pool usually contains 2:39
What the chlorine protects you from 3:17
What diseases can you get from contaminated pool water 4:06
What you have to do 7:24
Why we’re not all dying from the Black Plague anymore 9:02

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SUMMARY:
– Researchers at the University of Alberta calculated that one commercial-sized swimming pool, which holds 220,000 gallons of water, has about 20 gallons of urine!
– It’s a common misconception that the chlorine in swimming pools kills germs. While it is true that chlorine can destroy and deactivate a wide range of bacteria and viruses, it gets much more difficult for it to work efficiently when it comes in contact with the urea in urine.
– The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that chlorine can kill the E. coli bacterium in less than a minute, the Hepatitis A virus in 16 minutes, the Giardia parasite in 45 minutes, and the Cryptosporidium parasite in 10.6 days.
– Giardiasis is one of the most common parasitic diseases in humans, with about 280 million people diagnosed in 2013. Most cases occur in the developing world, but there’s also a risk of outbreaks from coming into contact with contaminated pool water.
– Make sure to take a shower before and after swimming to both reduce the chance of introducing contaminants and to help remove any you might’ve come into contact with.
– Don’t go to a public pool if you’re sick or have been sick within the last two weeks.
– Try to avoid swallowing pool water whenever possible.
– Bring a chlorine testing strip to the pool with you to make sure it’s at safe levels. You can find some for free at healthypools.org. It’s recommended that the pool have at least 1 milligram of chlorine per liter of water.
– You should always wash your hands after going to the bathroom, cleaning up your pet’s poop, or changing your baby’s diaper.
– It’s especially important to have clean hands before handling food. Also, be sure to thoroughly wash and cook your food before you eat it.
– Ever wonder why we’re not all dying from the Black Plague anymore? It’s because we finally figured out that it wasn’t a good idea to throw buckets full of pee and poop into the street and, therefore, invented indoor plumbing.

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