CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Thursday that using swimming pools during the coronavirus pandemic is not a good idea – with a gross-out reason as to why.
“IDPH does regulate pools, and if we want to get into the different microbes that exist within pools – different swimming pools – we can do that. But definitely, the practice of obviously being in a swimming pool, unfortunately, we do know that there is some fecal shedding of this coronavirus,” Ezike said, barely able to stop herself from laughing as she did so.READ MORE: 6 Killed, 43 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
There are other reasons that swimming pools should not be opened for now, Ezike said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Clear Skies And Warm Temperatures
“You would have locker rooms with which people would need to change, so you would have more people congregated in the same setting, so for a myriad of reasons, that wouldn’t be conducive to promoting social distancing and decreasing community spread,” Ezike said.MORE NEWS: 2 Dead In Fiery Wrong-Way Crash On Stevenson Expressway Near La Grange Road
The remarks came as the answer to a question submitted by Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business, who asked why chlorinated indoor pools are not being opened when outdoor recreation is allowed during the stay-at-home period.