Sewage Runoff Makes For Shitty Sea Swimming Experience

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Too cool for the pool? A new study shows that people who swim, bathe, or participating in sports in the sea are more likely to experience a variety of ailments.This research—led by University of Exeter Medical School and Andrew Singer from the Center for Ecology & Hydrology—is the first to examine whether spending time in the sea is associated with increased risk of illness.Unsurprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes.Once thought to have curative or therapeutic value, sea bathing is now believed to increase the odds of an earache (by 77 percent) and gastrointestinal bugs (by 29 percent).Probably because microorganisms from our excrement are seeping into the surf.In regions where sewage works can’t cope with the volume of water entering its system, large batches of untreated waste seeps into coastal waters.“This release of untreated sewage during and following moderate to heavy rainfall is a hugely significant source of human pathogens and must represent a priority for mitigation—without which there is unlikely to be much progress in this area,” Singer said in a statement.I don’t even like wading into the water during a trip to the beach; you would never see me doing laps or playing polo among Earth’s salty, oceanic waves. But now that I know the heightened chance of contracting a sickness, the closest you’ll find me to the sea is eating saltwater taffy.“We don’t want to deter people from going into the sea, which has many health benefits such as improving physical fitness, wellbeing, and connecting with nature,” according to research supervisor Will Gaze, of the University of Exeter Medical School. “However, it is important that people are aware of the risks so they can make informed decisions.”Analysts focused on 19 studies that covered more than 120,000 people in high-income countries since 1961; they also looked at links between sea bathing and incidence of illness in places like the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, and Norway.A paper, appropriately entitled “Is it safe to go back in the water?”, was published this week in the International Journal of Epidemiology.“Although most people will recover from infections with no medical treatment, they can prove more serious for vulnerable people, such as the very old or very young, or those with pre-existing health conditions,” Graze added. “We hope this research will contribute to further efforts to clean up our coastal waters.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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