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Jos residents shun Hair Salons for fear of Coronavirus

Many residents of Jos –Bukuru metropolis in Plateau are avoiding Hair Salons for fear of contracting Coronavirus.

Some of the residents on Saturday reports that the responders believed that the virus could be contracted from salons.

One of them, Miss Garos Pam, said that since the confirmation of the Index Case of COVID-19 in the state, she stopped patronising salons to get her hair done.

Pam said that she was now washing and making her hair by herself and would wear a wig if she needed to go out.

She alleged that some salons were not observing precautionary measures against the virus such as asking their staff and customers to were face masks.

She said that the staff should wash and sanitise their hands before and after making each client’s hair.

Similarly, Mrs Eunice Orji, said that since the confirmation of COVID-19 in the state,she had shunned salons as some of the customers could be asymptomatic and could infect others.

Orji said that the salons should make it compulsory for both their customers and staff to wear a face mask and ensure they sanitised their hands before entering the salon and also observed social distancing.

On his part,Mr Akinola Ogunola, said that he had been shaving his hair and that of his sons at home instead of at the salons for fear of contracting the virus.

Ogunola urged salons to take precautionary measures as they attended to clients, saying this would give customers some sense safety to patronise them.

Some of the salon owners in the area who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed a decline in their patronage since the onset of the disease in the state.

Some of them blamed it on the partial lockdown in the area, while some attributed it to the fear of people getting infected with the virus.

A virologist, Dr Solomon Chollom, said that COVID -19 could be spread in salons if the outfits failed to adhere to health precautionary measures and observe the disinfection prevention control strategy.

Chollom urged that all salons should insist that all their staff and clients should wear face masks, wash and sanitise their hands, as well as avoid crowding the salons.

He also recommended that sharing of hair kits should be minimised to the barest minimum and those shared should be disinfected and sanitised after each use on a client.

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