NOTE: A previous version of this story had the wrong state for the hair stylists.
Two Missouri hair stylists tested positive for the coronavirus after they had worked around 139 clients.
Both wore face masks.
All the clients wore face masks, too, while being worked on, said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health, in describing a situation in Missouri that was shared by the CDC.
When the state began tracking the clients with whom the women had worked for 15 minutes or more, the tracers had a surprise
“None of these clients who had been exposed became positive,” Rattay said.
The stylists wore the face masks because a local ordinance required it, she said.
“It really shows you how effective face coverings can be and also how effective these local requirements for face coverings are,” Rattay said during Gov. John Carney’s weekly coronavirus press conference.
Most people have been to see a barber or hair stylist in the last month, she noted.
“We know you are less than six feet away from your stylist,” she said. “It’s the only way it works, right?”
She said she wanted to share the story “because we think it’s such important science. It’s such an important finding.”
Carney — who has been begging Delawareans to wear face coverings as a way of slowing the spread of COVID-19 — practically crowed after Rattay told the story.
“The data is in. The study has been done. Face coverings work,” the governor said.
“And if you think about it, if we want our children to go back to school — and we do for in-person instruction — then we also need to make sure we’re wearing face coverings.”