Microbes pose no threat to winter swimmers

Despite microbe resilience, hardy swimmers eager to plunge into icy winter waters need not fear infection, says public health watchdog THL.

The Finnish tradition of ice swimming poses very little risk of microbial infection to swimmers, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has announced.

The institute periodically screens swimming waters during the winter as well as the summer. However as THL has no real obligation to report on wintertime swimming conditions, centralised data on the quality of winter waters is not readily available.

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