Honolulu, HI – August 6, 2020 – Lice Clinics of America – Hawaii reported that their two Honolulu clinics, part of the Lice Clinics of America clinic network, saw a 32 percent increase of lice activity from April to May of this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Infestations of lice affecting the entire family have been more severe during the pandemic, likely due to the fact that families have sheltered at home together.
“We’ve had to change things up with the pandemic,” says Barrie Desmond, owner of Lice Clinics of America – Hawaii, which has three clinics, Kihei, on Maui and Honolulu, and Waipahu on Oahu. “We’ve been offering phone consultations, curbside pickup, and we have an online store to order products off our website. We’ve made sure to follow the CDC guidelines and take all measures to keep our employees and clients safe.”
In order to ensure the safety of staff and clients, each Hawaii client was pre-screened over the phone to ensure that they were not sick before coming in. They require each client to wear a face mask and have limited their clients to one at a time, having families wait outside the clinic until the treatment area is ready for them. Each treatment area is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between clients.
“Our customers almost always try at home first, unless they’re a returning customer,” says Desmond. “Because of the quarantine, we are seeing that the whole family is becoming infested. Lice won’t cure itself – so while the parent struggles getting rid of it using traditional over the counter products, it’s spreading to other members of the household easier.”
Desmond has a history with lice and Lice Clinics of America. She recently opened Waipahu, her third clinic, in March of this year. “My daughter had lice at camp in June 2016 and we opened the doors to our first clinic in Kihei on Maui in November 2016,” says Desmond. “Exactly one year later we expanded to Oahu and opened our Honolulu location which is located on Ward Avenue. Now, families living on the west side and North Shore no longer have to drive to town and they love the new location. We are on the second floor of the Westgate Shopping Center.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Head-to-head contact with an already infested person is the most common way to get head lice. Head-to-head contact is common during play at school, at home, and elsewhere, such as sports activities, the playground, slumber parties, and camps.” The CDC estimates 6-12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children 3-11 years of age.