It's summertime, and that means barbecues, fun in the sun and of course, family trips to the beach and pool.
But officials with the CDC want you to arm your patients with some common-sense approaches to staying safe in the water, that go beyond getting out when they see a shark.
According to the CDC, swimmers can help protect themselves, their families and friends by following a few easy and effective steps:
Don’t swim if you or your child have diarrhea or have been vomiting
Shower before you get in the water
Don’t pee or poop in the water
Don’t swallow lake or pool water
The CDC also advises that parents should pull their children out of the pool every hour, taking children on regular bathroom breaks and checking diapers.
A free downloadable brochure and more tips about staying healthy and safe while enjoying pools and lakes this summer is available at CDC’s Healthy Swimming site.
Norovirus was the second-leading cause of outbreaks in untreated recreational water, such as lakes, from 1978-2010. Norovirus can live in water for several months or possibly even years.
Swimming venues that are not treated with chlorine can pose a particular risk since there are no chemicals to kill the stomach virus.
It’s the last thing you want to hear before heading off for a relaxing afternoon poolside, but here goes: Don’t think of it as swimming. Think of it as taking a bath with a few hundred strangers.So how can you minimize the chances of getting what the U.S.