Employee Wellness: Sun rays aren't the only thing your employees can catch at the pool

As the temperature climbs, many of your employees will flock to the pool to find some relief from the heat. Unfortunately, sunrays aren’t the only thing you can catch at the pool. While the cool waters can be refreshing, they could also be contaminated with bacteria that can make you sick. One nasty chlorine-resistant parasite that causes diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea is Cryptosporidium (Crypto for short). This bug can stay in your system for up to two weeks. So, to avoid this sudden stop to your summer fun, don’t swallow pool water or touch your face until you’ve showered with soap and hot water.

Now, I’m not sure how you avoid touching your face while you’re swimming, but goggles are good compromise.

And for those who think goggles are just for little kids and Olympic athletes, the next time your visit your favorite collection of chemicals and bodily fluids (the pool), ponder why those kids at that birthday party have had 7 glasses of Kool-Aid each, but not one can tell you where the bathroom is. This mystery and similar pool oddities are why a pair of well-fitted goggles are recommended to protect you from something else frequently caught at the pool –pink eye.

So, as your employees head out to relax and recharge at the pool, remind them not forget their goggles and to keep their mouths shut.

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This blog was written by Joe Tallant, an Agent in the Abilene office of WBS.