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Missouri Hair Salon Customer Speaks Out On Possible Coronavirus Exposure

One of the things that people want to do once they are allowed is to get a haircut. Some states have allowed hair salons to reopen, provided that the owners have taken the necessary measures of disinfection and screening their employees. Unfortunately, there was one over in Missouri that may have not followed those directives.

A customer named Erik Chase visited the Great Clips in Missouri for service, probably assuming that the business owners had already taken the necessary measures before resuming operations. Unfortunately, it seems that this was not the case. He was informed by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department that he may have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and is now forced to stay indoors and report regularly on his condition, Fox News reported.

Chase revealed how he walked in the barbershop on May 17 and noticed that some stylists were not wearing masks. He also divulged how the one who attended to him was not wearing gloves. Health officials call for stylists and customers to wear face masks at all times when services were rendered.

Now, Chase is among the 147 people who are being monitored for possible exposure to the virus from the hair salon. He was also one of 84 clients by a stylist who was on duty from May 12 to 20. There were seven workers reportedly infected at that time.

"Now I'm someone directly affected by COVID and I never thought that it would be so close to home," Chase told KY3 News. "It's a big deal. It definitely gives me great concern."

Chase was ordered to stay at home for 14 days from the time when he got his haircut. He needs to take his temperature twice a day and check-in with the health department for that period. Chase is due to be tested for COVID-19 after that. However, he admitted having been in contact with 15 to 20 other people. From the looks of it, contact tracing is far from over with health officials likely needing to trace these other individuals. This is aside from the customers who were at the Great Clips salon from May 16 to 20.

But for Chase, Great Clips should have practiced due diligence to prevent the problem. With some employees exhibiting signs of the COVID-19 strain, he believes these stylists should have just stayed at home. Great Clips issued a statement recently, revealing how the two stylists are now being monitored by health officials. The salon has been closed and undergoing additional sanitization and deep cleaning. Hair salons were part of the establishments allowed to reopen last May 4 by the state.

Man with gray hair getting a haircut Genetics, among other factors, are at the root of when and why hair turns gray as we age. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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