SAN ANTONIO – The Centers for Disease Control want to make sure it gets your attention.
In a new public service announcement warning of diarrhea and swimming in public pools, the CDC gets both weird and funny. Less funny, however, is that diarrhea is one of the most common diseases transmitted by recreational waters.
In a tweet posted on the CDC’s official account, the caption for the tweet includes a link to its “Diarrhea and Swimming” page and is associated with a shocking GIF. It sounds like a parody, but it isn’t.
“Don’t swim and don’t let your kids swim if they have diarrhea,” the official tweet read. “A person with diarrhea can contaminate the entire pool. Find out more about how to keep yourself and the ones you love healthy.
The GIF shows a man and three children in a swimming pool. One of the children is a girl sliding down a slide with diarrhea behind her. It may put off a lot of people, but the message is there: don’t get lost in the water and stay home if you are worried about it happening.
It’s not the CDC’s only informative GIF, either. There is also one specifically advising against peeing in the pool.
Twitter users had fun with the tweet. From the praise of the GIF graphic designer to the shame of the visual as useless. Here are some user reactions:
When you slide down the slide and you feel something sliding … ♫
– Justin Parisi (@NFSDudeAbides) July 2, 2021
“Hey honey, what did you do at work today?”
“Oh, I made a gif of a kid going down a toboggan with diarrhea. You know, just a normal Wednesday. https://t.co/PCmlk4zd2O
– JohnWayne (@ johnheasley9) July 2, 2021
Are these informative CDC GIFs useful or just fun? Let us know in the comments.
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