Many of us are miss our personal care routines that have been put on hold during the pandemic. Spending a luxurious day at the spa, having our hair done, or indulging in a mani-pedi have become even rarer luxuries in the midst of weighing the risk of personal safety against close contact services.
The Texas Medical Assocation ranked getting a hair cut or other salon services as one of the highest risk activities, rating a 7 out of 10 in terms of potential infection.
According to Today, experts warn safety should always come first when making a decision on where to go during the COVID-19 crisis. Wearing masks and keeping social distancing are basics, so make sure your salon has instituted physical distance guidelines between patrons and that everyone is required to wear a mask. If the rates of COVID-19 are rising in your area, do not take the risk even if safety measures are in place.
"If the rates are going up, stay home!" Dr. Tania Elliott, an infectious disease expert at NYU Langone told Today. While personal services, such as getting your hair cut, brings stylists close to you increasing the risk of infection, if you both wear masks that risk is reduced, say experts.
According to CNN wearing masks and practicing social distancing can keep COVID-19 at bay. In June, two hairstylists at a Missouri salon tested positive for the virus. Although 140 clients and seven co-workers were potentially exposed to the symptomatic Great Clips stylists, no new cases were reported. Health experts credited the salon's impeccable safety measures for containing a possible outbreak.
Experts told Today if you have any concerns, discuss them with the salon operator or stylist.
"I would make sure to have a real conversation with your salon or wherever you're thinking of going to see what they're doing and are they really putting in the stringent measures in place," said Justin Lessler, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "If you get there and you don't think they're doing the things they should, turn around and leave."
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