When you go on vacation, your first instinct might be to stay away from hotel pools or jacuzzies. This is actually a great decision, as CDC has just confirmed these places are the main breeding places for all kinds of germs and viruses. Not all pools are germ nests, but you take quite a big risk whenever you go for a swim in these places.
Hotel pools are the main breeding point for germs
Hotel pools and hot tubs are the perfect environment where germs can thrive. Given the many people that use them, they are a potential hazard for water-borne diseases. If you take a bath in these places, you might end up getting infected with a series of viruses. Among them, there’s Legionella, that causes Legionnaires’ disease, Cryptosporidium, responsible with diarrhea and other related diseases, or Pseudomonas.
Now, you might think hotel owners can easily kills these germs. That’s true, but this leads to another problem. The chemicals they use to purify pool water are also dangerous, as you can get intoxicated from them. Therefore, hotel pools are safe neither way.
You can get sick anytime, but chances are still slim
To release this warning, CDC looked at data on infectious diseases from 2000 to 2014. They found 493 outbreaks and about 27,000 victims that were a direct result of water coming from hot tubs, jacuzzies, hotel pools, or water parks. However, from all of them, hot tubs were least likely to produce such diseases. This happens because they usually hold a smaller number of people and are rarely used by children.
Yes, children are more likely both to catch a waterborne disease and to spread it. Also, parents tend to neglect their symptoms and allow them to play in water, which often leads to serious outbreaks. However, we still have some good news.
Catching a waterborne disease from a hotel pool is definitely not nice. Fortunately, the chances of it to turn fatal are incredibly slim. Within this timeframe, CDC only spotted eight deadly cases of such illnesses. However, there’s still no reason to panic. You can still enjoy hotel pools, as the figures are quite low if you think of all the people that have fun in the water and don’t get sick.
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