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Do You Love Swimming Pools in Summer? Let Us Ruin That for You

Do You Love Swimming Pools in Summer? Let Us Ruin That for You


How’s your summer going? Did you spend a lot of time in the pool? Have fond memories of the ol’ swimmin’
hole? Well, let me retroactively ruin them. Pools are gross. The thing about water is some pathogens absolutely
thrive in it. Harmful viruses, bacteria, and protozoa can
be transmitted from one person to another by way of pool water. Over 14 years, health officials from 46 states
and Puerto Rico reported almost 500 outbreaks linked to treated recreational water, causing
more than 27,000 illnesses and eight deaths. Since many people don’t go to a doctor when
they’re sick, and it’s difficult to test water for contaminants after an outbreak,
those numbers could be higher still. Now, you may be thinking that a lot of these
outbreaks were caused by pools that weren’t treated properly, and it’s true that does
happen remarkably often. A 2016 CDC study found 80% of public pools
had health and safety violations. Eighty percent! One in eight facilities failed their inspections
so badly they were closed immediately. Undertreated pools can lead to tragedy, like
in 1998 when seven swimmers who shared a pool with a child with E. coli were hospitalized,
resulting in one death. E. coli outbreaks like that can be prevented
by properly treating pools with our dear old friend, chlorine. The chlorine that’s added to pools, either
in the form of hypochlorous acid or hypochlorite ions, reacts with the lipids in a microorganism’s
cell walls or enzymes inside the cells and kills them (which is good). But, chlorine also reacts with ammonia in
things like sweat and pee. This results in chloramines, which are responsible
for that pool smell. It also means there’s less free chlorine
available to kill friggin’ E. coli! That’s right, that “chlorine smell”
and your red irritated eyes actually mean a pool is under chlorinated, not over chlorinated! A properly treated pool has no smell. Yeah. NONE. But even if a pool is chlorinated, some pathogens
can survive, like Cryptosporidium. This single-celled parasite has an outer shell
that makes it resistant to chlorine. It’s the leading cause of waterborne disease
in the US, and symptoms include abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. That last symptom is also bad for pool goers. Diarrhea is almost always caused by some infectious
microorganism, and people can spread it in pools up to two weeks after the symptoms subside. Then all it takes is for another swimmer to
inadvertently swallow some infected pool water and start the cycle anew. Even if people haven’t had diarrhea, they
can still shed poop and it’s associated pathogens into the pool. One study found that the average person — that
is, you and me — has about 0.14 grams of poop on our stinky bums. That’s about the weight of one pea. A pea’s worth of poop. I love that I get paid to say this stuff. Fortunately, it’s not hard to avoid becoming
a disease vector. How many people don’t shower before getting
in a pool because they figure the pool will wash them off? Well turns out we were wrong. Showering before swimming is a good way to
clean up our gross butts for everyone’s benefit. It also washes away sweat, so the chlorine
won’t react with it. I can’t believe I have to say this, but
you should also avoid peeing the pools. One survey found that one out of five people
admit to peeing in pools while four out of five people are liars, I’m assuming. Pee also has ammonia in it that will use up
free chlorine, making the pool smell bad and be less safe. Avoid swallowing the water as best you can. And lastly if you’ve had diarrhea in the
last two weeks, do us all a favor and suntan or read a book while the rest of us enjoy
Cryptosporidium-free water. Have a great summer! Not all microbes are bad… for example your
gut is filled with them. They’re just controlling your mind, no big
deal. Watch Maren’s video to understand how! And one last thing, I don’t have a cool
fun fact, but have you thought about how often we empty pools and scrub them down? How often. Yeah, maybe just try not to think about it.

100 thoughts on “Do You Love Swimming Pools in Summer? Let Us Ruin That for You”

  1. Fucking white people ? I ended up not fucking this chick only cuz she told me she doesn't shower before she swims.
    Dodged a bullet cuz she ended up getting scabes that same semester ???

  2. Lots of pools are using saline instead of chlorine these days. What are the findings in that? Also this is the reason I never go to those Vegas pool party where the entire shallow pool is waist (or waste) deep and has nothing but everyone’s nethers in it

  3. I knew this fact for a couple of years now, but it's good to have my info updated. As a consequence, I Don't go to pools anymore. I used to swim since I was in 4th grade and up until my early 20s I was an avid pool goer, every summer without fail. But as soon I learned this filthy fact about pools, I stayed away from public pools for the disease infested slime they are.
    Earlier, I used to associate the chlorinated smell to 'freshness' of the pool, the more the better(!!). But, now I know it's the complete opposite.

  4. There's a good video about this topic on Mark Rober's channel. You'll be surprised how much pee is in a public pool. Here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S32y9aYEzzo

  5. No, you haven't ruined it for me. Took ya long enough to report what I already knew. #germaphobiaftw

    I can ruin the Movies for ya… Well… I guess not, can't find the 20/20 movie theater cleanliness test. Here's a consolation prize though. https://abcnews.go.com/Business/ConsumerNews/gma-germ-test-shows-public-seats-full-bacteria/story?id=13697290

  6. Always hated the pool, people pee in it, loud kids, warm water and other things you mentioned in this video too. Never understood why people who have the chance to go to the beach still choose to go to the pool.

  7. My summer is going great. Love all the rain and wind, hail sometimes, tons of dark gloomy skies and general winter weather because its winter. Like I said, loving it.

  8. I will never forget going to my local pool and seeing the child pool and the adult pool side by side, and noticing how green/yellow the kids pool was compared to the blue of the adult pool.

  9. It's 2018, has anyone heard of "hydrogen peroxide"? Or how about thermal water? Or sea water at least?
    I don't remember when was last time I visited facility where water is chlorinated.

  10. This is true but it’s also true of drinking water, food grown with said water. Hey even your beard has shit particles in it.

  11. I don't like pools anymore, at least not the ones with other people, the water looks greasy kind of thick and grose.

  12. You are right Trace…Everyone should at least wash their ass clean before they use the public pool. Nobody like to drink poop water. This should be constituted into a law and considered illegal if one does not clean his ass before using the pool.

  13. Hahaha the more you know.

    This time of year after work I just strip off and jump in the sea to wash off all the sweat and grime from work before I go home for a shower.

  14. Again the Japanese had a practice that was really good that we should adopt. Scrubbing clean before getting into the public pool/bath. 8)

  15. how about the beach that has full of people does it transfer the microbes or will they die in salt water??????? make a video please!!!

  16. That's why I never go to the public pools. For my wife I installed above ground pool, which I empty at the end of the season. But love swimming. In the ocean.

  17. "A lot of people don't go to the doctor when they are sick" Well maybe if you got some decent healthcare you could change that.

  18. Living on Lake Huron in Michigan, I don't need those nasty-ass pools. Also, the Great Lakes contain E.coli, so I've been building up immunity to it since birth.

  19. Why is it that most popular scientific based channels on Youtube love ruining stuffs like Game/Film Theorist ruining film and video games(duh) and here we are Seeker ruining Summer.

  20. Hey, there has been a trend in Toronto with getting Salt water pools. What is your thought on that? Are they better or worst than chlorinated pools?

  21. Wait what, if we can smell the chlorine it means there isn't enough? So when people use chlorine to clean in butcheries and whatnot, they're not using enough chlorine? Or is the chlorine just reacting to the other substances?

  22. Well it's mostly western people who have that amount of poop. I mean using tissue instead of using water and soap to wash your butt is really disgusting. Please make the switch America, Europe, and other tissue-using countries. Bidet and soap is the way to go.

  23. My friend and I were 5 and swimming he started crying because he’d poop in the pool! Now I can’t stop thinking about everyone in that pool including me

  24. 80% of bacteria in a pool resides at the surface so you get most of it on you simply getting in. Legionnaries disease actually started in a hot tub that the Legionnaire family were in. You guys should do a video on that disease and its origin.

  25. In three weeks and 3 days I'm going on a holiday and thinking to swim every day in the pool. ?Thanks for making it really convenient.

  26. I have been swimming in pools and lakes my whole life, Never once had a issue… Just don't drink the fucking water and your good.

  27. Eh this didn't ruin it for me… everything is gross and you can get diseases from everything nowadays so I'm not gonna restrict myself

  28. Me when I read the title of the video
    Me: TRY ME

    Me after watching video
    Me: This is why you don't underestimate your enemy…. THE PATHOGENS!!!!

  29. Bet you can’t ruin it cause all I do all summer is a thing called a computer, also it’s called trichlorimine not chloromines

  30. Thats surprising because there is an artificial waterfall in our plasa and it smells like chlorine. And I am pretty sure nobody pissed in it. 🙂

  31. And shut up your stupid why I do not care what you say I wills till go in my pool and I go in my pool and my is a healthy pool

  32. I don't get in pools anyway, & my kids are grown. Just wanted to say this: FINALLY – some great background music!!! Thanks! 🙂 ????? ?????.

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