We know being at home this summer is making you yearn for the life when you could freely just jump into a pool with friends. But here's one reason to miss swimming a little less...
Let's be honest: At some point, you’ve all tinkled a little in the pool, whether accidentally or otherwise. And while you think that no one noticed, something is actually going on in the water—and it’s definitely not pretty.
A study featured on TIME revealed that when the nitrogen in human urine mixes with the pool’s chlorine, a toxic chemical called cyanogen chloride is produced. The chemical itself, in high doses, is as dangerous as it sounds, as according to a report on Science News, cyanogen chloride forms when chlorine from the pool reacts with nitrogen in urine. It acts like tear gas, roughing up the eyes, nose and lungs, and it’s classified as an agent of chemical warfare.
While this all sounds scary, the only thing you need to worry about is the ickiness of knowing that there’s pee in the water you’re wading in, since it takes a great deal of chlorine and even a greater deal if urine to actually create the amount of cyanogen chloride that’s enough to melt your internal organs. As Casey Johnston notes on Ars Technica:
“In the end, we need a pool that is two parts water to one part chlorine [which] would [already] probably burn the eyeballs out of your sockets and make your skin peel away from your bones... If you and three million other people could get at this pool and unload your pee into it before your bodies melted, before the crowd crushed you to death, and before you drowned from the massive tidal wave of pee... yes, you could feasibly die of cyanogen chloride poisoning originating from chlorinated water and pee.”
Of course, you still should not pee in swimming pools--especially in the time of coronavirus. Be classy. There’s a reason why there are toilets, after all.
This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.