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As you know, anyone can go to a public swimming pool or public sauna. 

No one will ask you certification from the doctor that you do not have Infectious diseases, also known as transmissible diseases or communicable diseases.

As a result, chances for infections spreading are real.  Swimming pools, instead of contributing to well-being, health and vitality can become a significant source of serious infections.  This can be especially serious for the elderly or persons with compromised immune systems.

The visitors with some diseases like heart disease can die or have more severe health problem.

You can meet in the swimming pool mentally sick people or people with some disability, who need special care. It is also create awkward situations.

The presence of fecal matter and/or urine in public swimming pools has been documented by ppm (parts per million) in multiple independent random test results. 

By one recent report, Canadian researchers estimated that one 220,000 gallon pool - which is about one-third the size of an Olympic swimming pool - had an estimated urine volume of 75 liters. A smaller 110,000 gallon pool had an estimated urine volume of 30 liters (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-much-urine-is-in-a-swimming-pool-canadian-study-has-the-answer ).

Using the presence of acesulfame-K (ACE), a widely consumed synthetic sweetener, as a marker for urine detection, the researchers tested ACE concentration over three weeks in two different-sized pools.

The researchers also tested 250 samples from 31 pools and hot tubs from two unnamed Canadian cities. ACE was present in all samples. In the most egregious samples, ACE concentrations were 570 times greater than regular tap water.

While the findings do have a "gross-out" factor, the research is not simply about fear-mongering. The authors say urine in swimming pools is a “public health concern”.

Although they note that 'urine itself is sterile, nitrogenous organics in urine can react with disinfectants like chlorine in swimming pools to form volatile and irritating compounds. Exposure to these volatile compounds in indoor swimming facilities can lead to eye and respiratory irritation and has even been linked to asthma'.

Health hazards in pools are also a significant concern for the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Each year, thousands of public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds are forced to close due to serious health and safety violations, including improper pH levels (critical for killing germs), according to the CDC.

 

While tolerance and acceptance of other faiths is a basic premise of our society, it would beg the question if such tolerance can be extended in the areas of basic public hygiene.  Some religious notions of modesty require women and girls to be covered from head to toe in public, Yes even in, or especially in, public swimming pools.  Should exceptions be made in public hygiene to accommodate "faith", or should "rules be rules" ?!  Shower fully covered?  Covering potential skin or other potentially infectious conditions?  

Unless we designate some public pools as "faith specific", there seems to be a case to post cautionary signs "swim at your own health risk"

It is a known fact that personnel of Aquatic Centers such as lifeguards, etc. are exposed to fungi among a host of other micro biological health concerns.  In the interests of public health & hygiene, rules at public swimming pools are in dire need of review and enforcement.  A yearly "heath certificate" confirming the absence of communicable diseases should be mandatory to gain admittance to any public swimming pool especially in our world of ever increasing incidence of drug resistant "super bugs".

 



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