Jun 16, 2017 4:05 PM GMT
NYT: It’s understandable to be concerned about a chemical that dries out skin and hair and that has a smell that can linger long after a shower. But for the most part, experts say, there’s no reason to worry.
Chemicals like chlorine and bromine are added to swimming pools to fight germs. Swimming without them could be like swimming in a petri dish, exposing people to all sorts of potentially nasty microbes, experts say.
“The immediate benefits of disinfection far outweigh any potential long-term exposure risks,” said Lindsay Blackstock, a doctoral student in analytical and environmental toxicology at the University of Alberta in Canada, via email.