When Was The First Swimming Pool Built? [Facts!]

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If you think back, before the first swimming pool, there were simply ponds and lakes. Fish would swim around, playing in the water. It was pretty much a case of survival of the fittest. But once people realised how beneficial swimming could be, the concept of building a pool evolved.

Pools In Europe

Europe was the first continent to really embrace the idea of having a pool. The first recorded instance of a swimming pool being built in Europe was in London in 1847. The Ombra Pool opened its doors to the public in 1881 and became a huge success, amassing a large sum of money that helped fund the development of other pools in London. It was during this time that the public realised the importance of physical fitness and how staying active can help fight against cholera, a water-borne disease that was at the time prevalent in Europe. But it was in Paris that the sport of swimming really took off. The city was connected to an underground waterway that allowed for easy access to fresh water. This provided the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, which contributed to the development of the malarial disease. But with the introduction of mosquito nets and proper draining of the pools, this is no longer an issue. Today, even the smallest of Parisian pools can hold a massive amount of water. They are such an integral part of the city that many consider them to be an essential part of being a true Parisian.

Pools In America

The United States was the next country to actively build pools. The first recorded instance of someone swimming in America was at the 1876 Centennial Games in New York City. Thousands of people attended the games and witnessed American swimmer George Schieber win a silver medal. It was an event that caught the attention of many, and the subsequent New York Times featured an article about the swimming competition. This provided the impetus for the American public to start building pools, with many townships and cities organising competitions, some even establishing pools in the shape of an “X” to represent the number “1876”, the year of the centennial games.

There were various reasons why the United States embraced the idea of a swimming pool more than any other country. The population was dominated by Europeans, with the country having recently gained its independence. There was also a concern that the water supply could be tainted by chemicals from fertiliser run-off or sewage leaks. In cities where industrialisation had taken place, contamination was a major issue and led to all kinds of diseases, including malaria. The fear of this prevented many people from entering the water until the 1950s, when chemicals in the pool water were found to be relatively harmless.

Why Do We Still Need Pools?

The emergence and re-emergence of diseases such as malaria and Dengue Fever in recent years provide a strong argument for keeping pools. It should be noted that these diseases have not appeared out of nowhere, but have increased over the past few decades. The reasons behind this are multifactorial, but it’s clear that staying hydrated is critical to combating these diseases.

Malaria is a very common disease, affecting almost 800 million people worldwide. It is caused by a parasite that is transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitos. The parasite evolves in the mosquito’s stomach before being passed on to the next host. Malaria symptoms include high fever, chills, and extreme tiredness. If diagnosed early, the disease can be treated successfully with medication. If not, the fever can kill you.

Dengue fever is another mosquito-borne disease, this time targeted at children and teenagers. Its transmission routes are similar to those of malaria, but there are differences in the way the disease is contracted and presented. The most distinct difference between the two is that dengue fever is more likely to be fatal. It is prevalent in tropical regions around the world, particularly in Africa, Australia, and the South-East Asia regions. Dengue fever is named after the virus that causes it, and the disease causes a similar illness to the one caused by the bacterium that is commonly named after the disease. This is why Dengue Fever is also known as “breakbone fever”. The most common symptoms of dengue fever are high fever, severe headache, extreme pain, and vomiting. If left untreated, Dengue Fever can develop into a life-threatening condition called Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. This is when blood circulation becomes impaired, leading to a drop in blood pressure and in some cases, death. If you are bitten by a mosquito while on the symptoms of Dengue Fever, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. The same goes for someone who contracts the germs of any other mosquito-borne disease, such as Zika or Chikungunya.

Zika is a virus that has been around for a while, first being identified in Uganda in 1947. It was not until 2003 that it started to become a major public health concern. Since then, the virus has spread rapidly through South America, Africa, and the Asian regions. Due to its prevalence in tropical regions, it is known as “the kissing bug disease” because people who are infected often have to kiss or lick the bites in order to feel better. Like Dengue Fever, Zika is also transmitted by mosquitoes, which makes it highly contagious. Although there is no evidence that points to Zika being harmful, there are some side effects associated with the virus. These include red flags such as fever and rash, as well as more subtle effects such as joint pain and poor muscle performance. In either case, if you experience any concerning symptoms, you should consult your doctor. Unfortunately, there are currently no vaccines or treatments for Zika.

Chikungunya is a disease that emerged in Africa in the 1950s. It wasn’t until the 1980s that it started appearing outside of the continent. Since then, it has spread to various parts of the world, reaching North America and Europe in 2007. It is now considered to be an important disease in the world’s most densely populated areas. It is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes of the type Aedes aegypti. These mosquitoes live in close proximity to humans, meaning humans can often contract the disease without even knowing it. The most common forms of infection result in mild fever and rash, but in more severe cases, it can lead to joint pain, muscle pain, and even organ damage. Again, like Zika and Dengue Fever, there is no cure for Chikungunya. However, some countries have developed a relationship with a pharmaceutical company that has licensed an herbal treatment for the disease. In places where this treatment is available, it has proven effective in controlling the symptoms of Chikungunya and preventing the disease from progressing.

The point is that we can’t predict what future diseases might emerge. While we wait for vaccine development and alternative treatments to be discovered, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a good diet and plenty of hydration. This way, we can hopefully limit the spread of these diseases and live a long and healthy life. Pools are a critical part of that lifestyle. Therefore, it is important that we continue building, maintaining, and celebrating our aquatic ecosystems.

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