Hair Stylist Worked for 8 Days at Great Clips Location Despite Having COVID-19 Symptoms

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A Missouri hairstylist served 84 clients over eight days while experiencing symptoms of coronavirus.

An ABC News affiliate in Missouri reported that Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said that the stylist worked from May 12 through May 20.

The stylist, who has not been named, worked at a Great Clips location in Springfield, Missouri.

All of the hairdresser’s clients wore masks and will be tested for COVID-19. Stylists at the Great Clips location will also be tested.

Health officials reported that the patient might have contracted the virus while traveling in another part of the state.

“The hairstylist worked while sick,” he said. “I’m going to be honest with you: We can’t have many more of these.”

Missouri is one of the states that gradually continues to reopen to the public. In Missouri, people can now go to hair salons.

Goddard revealed several locations where the stylist visited since contracting the virus. Health officials reported that the stylist went to a Dairy Queen, Walmart, and a CVS pharmacy.

The co-owners of the Great Clips location said that the employee is now "following medical advice and taking appropriate actions.”

The salon was immediately closed for deep cleaning and sanitizing, but has since reopened.

Goddard thanked the business and said that it’s “safe to go there” now.

A trip to the salon will look a lot different in the coming months amid the coronavirus pandemic. Up until now, many who frequent hair salons never really considered the possibility of blow dryers circulating germs.

Do blow dryers spread germs in hair salons?

Dr. Lechauncy D. Woodard, a professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine, told "Today" that there are similarities between hair dryers and hand dryers in bathrooms, and the possibility of bacteria being transmitted from one person to another remains in tact.

"Specific to blow dryers, there is concern that blow dryers may circulate pathogens or enable them to spread more quickly," Woodward said.

Dr. David M. Aronoff, director of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Division of Infectious Diseases, added that blow dryers could potentially spread germs, but the risk is not on the hair.

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