NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — During this time of social distancing, some industries avoid touching others - hair salons. Hair stylists across the state are taking extra steps to stay safe and stay open during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Some salons have decided to close for the foreseeable future, but those that are staying open are taking extra steps to keep you safe.
At Image Design Team Hair Salon in Berry Hill, they’re actually keeping their customers in their cars so they can disinfect the seat, equipment and all public surfaces. Once that’s ready, the customer can come in for their cut.
They’re also urging any clients who don’t feel well or just uncomfortable, to stay home. The same goes for their stylists.
"If they choose to stay home, I’ll waive their rents and my staff that’s hourly and commissioned, I’ll compensate them somehow," said Owner Shannon Brooks.
Another salon on Music Row that is staggering their employee’s schedules to help promote social distancing.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.