How did it get there? Oh come on, you know how! These germs are from all of our behinds, children and adults alike — the average person has about .14 grams of fecal matter on them at any given time, including in the pool. People with diarrhea are major culprits.
Will I get sick? Though the statistics on contaminating pools are startling, the CDC study does not look at whether the germs are actually alive, and thus have the ability to infect you. Most of the time, they don’t — there are just a few thousand cases each year. That comes with the caveat, though, that it’s very likely that a significant number of cases probably go unreported.
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