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HHS HealthBeat (June 6, 2014)

Pool-ready

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Memorial Day typically starts pool season, when – ready or not – here we go into the water.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy swimming researcher Michele Hlavsa says it’s better to be ready. Hlavsa says pool chemicals kill most germs within a few minutes, but some can live for days. So, because we all share the water we swim in, we each have to do our part:

“We can all shower before we get into the water. That’s really important because that prevents stuff from getting into the water that can use up chlorine that would otherwise kill the germs.”

She also advises diaper checks every 30 to 60 minutes and hourly bathroom breaks for potty-trained kids. And no one, young or old, should swim when ill with diarrhea.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 6, 2014