If you’re one of those people who opens their eyes underwater but doesn’t wear goggles, you’re going to seriously want to reconsider your habits after hearing this news. Despite believing for years that it was the chlorine in water that made our eyes go red, the truth is much, much more disgusting.
As it turns out, it’s not the chlorine, but what the chlorine has to kill in the water that causes red eyes. It also causes that strong chlorine smell. And what does chlorine have to kill? Pee — and a heck of a lot of it. At least that’s the word from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which released a new information pamphlet explaining how to tell whether your local pool is a pee-free zone.
Think that’s gross? It gets even grosser. The CDC also notes that there has been an increase in the number of people getting sick from water illnesses over the past 10 years, and it’s all because people swim while they have diarrhea. By swimming, they unleash tiny bits of germs into the water, which can live for days in the pool, causing people to become ill as a result.
The bottom line? Don’t pee in a pool, and don’t swim at all if you’re having tummy troubles. All it takes is some poor soul to accidentally ingest a small bit of water to become sick.
Plus, it’s just common courtesy.
— CDC (@CDCgov) May 20, 2015