GOOD NEWS! so many pools in Greece are with sea water
Thanks to the geo
physical blessing of this land,
the sea, many of the dream pools you may find in Greece, are with sea water. That means, thankfully, that they are much healthier and safe to swim in . Apart from the sea water santitation properties itself, the sea water pools work by salt water purification system which provides on-site production of the sanitizer necessary to maintain water in a safe, healthy and algae-free condition. Sanitizer is produced automatically, within the water itself, and involves no handling, storage or adding of chemicals to the water.
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be Aware in Jacouzi, old showers,
AND NOT ONLY The Greek CDC Alert on Legionella for cruiseships
and hotel accomondations FULL STORY
Greece, being a warm Mediterranean country, meets all the factors and criteria for the occurrence of legionella infections, as it happens in warm climates that keep in with high temperatures for long seasons through the extended use of air conditioners that may spread the infection on public places and especially in hotels and tourist accommodation areas, more.
Breathing in or coming into contact with chloramines at the places we swim can lead to negative health effects in swimmers and others in the swimming area including
Bacteria called Legionella cause Legionnaires’ disease by invading the lungs Common locations include:
The bacteria can survive outdoors, but they’re known to multiply rapidly in indoor water systems. People get infected by inhaling water droplets or mist in the air that’s contaminated with the bacteria. The disease can’t be spread directly from person-to-person.
RWIs include a wide variety of infections
Chlorine can also combine with what comes out of or washes off of swimmers’ bodies (for example, pee, poop, sweat, dirt, skin cells, and personal care products) This causes chemical irritants called chloramines (chlor, short for chlorine, and amines, compounds that contain nitrogen) are formed while chlorine becomes unavailable to kill germs
Why? Contact lenses are a known risk factor for Acanthamoeba keratitis a severe type of eye infection caused by a free-living ameba that is commonly found in water
. Activities such as showering, using a hot tub, and swimming while wearing contact lenses may increase the risk of this infection
Due to regional differences in environmental factors and water quality worldwide contact lens wearers should always avoid exposure of contact lenses to water—both at home and when traveling.
Who Is at Risk for Legionnaires’ Disease?
Not everyone who breathes in contaminated air droplets will get sick. However, you’re at a higher risk for developing Legionnaires’ disease if you:
Insecticides like BTI, are proper to use to kill mosquiotes around the pool area It's the short form for bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, a bacteria that, according to Beyond Pesticides, can kill a number of strains of mosquito without harming humans, pets or the environment.
Asthma attacks can be triggered in people who have asthma by Breathing in or coming into contact with chloramines at the places we swim
"The respiratory effects of chlorine on swimmers are mainly caused by irritant compounds in the water or air just at the surface, which swimmers actively inhale as water, aerosols or gases. In backyard outdoor pools, the main irritant is probably free chlorine itself. In public pools, other irritants are released on reaction of chlorine with organic matter." ,said Dr. Alfred Bernard, PhD, research director at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium who . has studied chlorine effects of swimming pools The Cascade Effect
"Physicians should recommend to their patients with asthma, to avoid poorly managed pools with excessive chlorine levels. Clues to identifying these pools are a strong chlorine smell in pool air and irritating effects on the skin, eyes or upper airways," explained Dr. Bernard. In some areas, home tap water may also be problematic. go to source article
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