The heat has reached its peak, and for most of us, nothing beats a dip in a swimming pool to cool off. Some hygiene rules must be followed prior to bathing to avoid catching or transmitting water illnesses, as many diseases can be transmitted or caught in swimming pools, hot tubs, spas, lakes, and oceans.
Diarrhea is the most common type of disease, but you can also get skin infections, eye infections, ear infections, respiratory infections, neurologic problems, and, of course, COVID. Infection can occur when germs enter the body through swallowing pool water, a cut or scratch on the skin, or through the ears, eyes, or nose. These pathogens can enter the water in a variety of ways, but they are most commonly introduced by other swimmers. Here are some precautions you can take to keep yourself and others safe from these bacteria and viruses.
* Remember to take off your makeup and other cosmetics before going swimming.
* Wearing contact lenses should be avoided because the risk of eye infection is high.
* Leave your shoes in a remote area near the swimming pool (your shoes are a veritable bacteria nest) and walk around the pool in a proper pair of flip-flops.
* Shower before swimming to keep your secretions from mixing with the pool disinfectants. The mixture has the potential to produce harmful chemical contaminants.
* Don’t forget to take the obligatory footbath!
* Never consume pool water.
* Swimming is prohibited when a communicable disease, such as gastroenteritis, is present.
* To use the restroom, always exit the pool.
* Never wear a wet swimming costume for an extended period of time, and always bring a spare. Keeping his wet bathing suit on promotes maceration and fungus growth.
* The COVID-19 virus does not transmit through water while swimming. However, the virus spreads between people when someone has close contact with an infected person. So avoid crowds and keep at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others, even when swimming or at swimming areas. Wear a mask when you’re not in the water and can’t keep a safe distance. Keep your hands clean, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or a bent elbow, and stay at home if you’re sick.