Public swimming pools can look harmless on the surface, but new research suggests that there are more infections than you might imagine. Since 2014, the number of infections from public pools has nearly doubled across the nation. As we quickly approach the summer, this number is sure to skyrocket even further. Scientists have found evidence of Crypto and lice in recent samples. While these infections are not lethal, they are easily transmittable and a huge deterrence to anybody trying to enjoy their summer. The good news is that there are measures to avoid these infections. Covering your body while you swim is a fantastic step. Just as your body natural avoids consuming pool water, a wetsuit prevents small particles from contacting your skin. This is not a foolproof method, but it is a great move in addition to preventing sunburn. Another way to avoid infections is by swimming in private pools or the ocean. Public pools see more traffic and unknown users than other bodies of water. If you swim in an area that is regularly cleaned, the water will be cleaner and safer to use. Public swimming pools are great sources of fun, but remember that there are dangers hidden below the surface. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend caution while using these pools this summer. For more information, visit their website where you can find a full list of contractable conditions and unwanted bacteria.