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Hotel Pools = Death, well sometimes

…It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt… or in this case DIES!…

Have you read CNN this week? Two people died at a Chicago hotel after using the pool/hot tub. Wonderful. Personally, hotel pools creep me out. Pools in general creep me out, but hotel pools are the worst. People try to reassure you by saying “oh there are so many chemicals in there it will kill anything dangerous…” My thought, great… I’d love to splash around in a substance that basically functions the same as bleach….Yea, no thanks.

Public pools are basically just a cesspool of disgusting-ness. Haven’t you seen the signs, “Swim at Your Own Risk?” They aren’t just talking about drowning, well maybe they are, but they should be talking about these things as well:

  • Floating band-aids. Yes that’s right. Band-aids don’t stay on skin in water. Shocking right? They fall off and then float on the surface just waiting to be swallowed or stick in some unsuspecting person’s hair. Lovely. Think about that the next time you are about to do a cannonball into the deep end.
  • Floating turds. You heard me. Especially in public pools. Babies love pools, yet they aren’t potty trained. Put the two together  and it can only mean bad things for fellow swimmers.
  • “Warm spots.” No explanation needed. You know what it means when the water you are frolicking in turns from cold to warm. Super.

Now in addition to all of these hidden and not so hidden dangers, we have to worry about Legionnaires’ disease. Don’t worry, I hadn’t heard of it either. Legionnaires’ disease is a respiratory bacterial infection which is spread through mist that comes from a water source aka hotel cesspools. Most people recover from the disease, but between 5-30% of those infected die.

Seriously, I don’t know if there are any bodies of water that are still safe to swim in…

  • Lakes and ponds –  fun… until you get a brain-eating bacteria and die.
  • Pools/hot tubs – fun… until you get a respiratory bacterial infection and die.
  • Oceans… ok, probably no bacterial infections, but you might get eaten by a shark. Also, this is probably the one place that “Swim at your own risk” means you might actually drown. I mean currents can get rough in the ocean.

Alright, well, you’ve been warned.


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