Breathing easy: Study targets improving air quality at indoor aquatic facilities

In 2006, a six-year-old boy from Nebraska was hospitalized in an intensive care unit with respiratory distress after swimming in a public indoor pool on Christmas Day. An investigation by the local health department revealed 24 other people had become sick after swimming in the same pool. In 2007, more than 660 people suffered from respiratory and eye irritation after visiting or working at a new indoor waterpark in Ohio. Seventy-nine of those people became sick within the first month of the waterpark opening. A 2017 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research found lifeguards who worked at indoor aquatic facilities more than 500 hours per year were much more likely to suffer from respiratory illnesses than lifeguards who worked fewer hours—clearly highlighting indoor pool environments can have adverse health effects on the respiratory system.

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