New Study: Keep Kids With Diarrhea Out of Pool – Swim Diapers Not Best Solution
Research confirms that swim diapers do not prevent spread of waterborne, disease-causing germs.
The researchers measured the amount of microspheres that released from swim diapers worn by children. The microspheres have a similar size (five microns) to that of Crypto. Normal swim trunks, common disposable diapers and reusable diapers with and without vinyl diaper covers were tested. Swimming trunks without a swim diaper of any kind had the poorest performance – almost 90% of the microspheres were released into the water within one minute.
Swim diapers released about 50% of the microspheres within one minute. A vinyl diaper cover placed over a disposable swim diaper slightly improved performance. Still, over 25% were released into the water within two minutes. “When a fecal accident contains about a billion disease-causing Crypto oocysts, hundreds of millions of oocysts get into the water within minutes,” explains Dr.
Crypto is a parasite that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. This germ is highly resistant to chlorine used in pools. As infected bathers visit other pools, the outbreak spreads to other facilities. Crypto outbreaks continue to increase and thousands have been impacted in recent years, including state-wide outbreaks in
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