The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently advise Americans that individuals who are not from the same household should keep a distance between each other of at least six feet. Combined with masking, this measure is highly effective in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. But there’s another less-known benefit that social distancing offers: a significantly reduced chance of being infested with lice.
The holiday season is typically the perfect time for spreading both illnesses and head lice alike. Lice Clinics of America clinics often see increased cases of head lice during and after the holidays, when asymptomatic head-lice carriers give hugs and lean heads together. Because head-to-head contact is the primary way that lice spread, staying six feet apart from people not from your household will help you avoid catching not only COVID-19, but head lice as well.
“Head lice cases will go up over the holidays just like they do every year, but the six-feet-apart rule might help reduce that,” says Barrie Desmond, owner of Lice Clinics of America – Hawaii. “While it’s been difficult dealing with isolation over the past several months, we’re fortunate to benefit from following public health guidelines in more ways than one.”
Stay Safe and Lice-Free
Public health experts are recommending that travelers preemptively test for COVID-19 before they leave, and after they return home. Likewise, we at Lice Clinics of America – Hawaii encourage you to have all of your household members get a head check for lice before you travel. Taking proactive measures will ensure that your holidays are spent happily and healthily—and that your loved ones won’t be taking home any unpleasant surprise gifts.
About Lice Clinics of America
Lice Clinics of America has successfully treated more than 700,000 cases of head lice. The company has more than 265 clinics in 20 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America – Hawaii has locations on Oahu and Maui and is open seven days a week by appointment. Call (808) 866-9060, email Info@liceclinicshawaii.com, or visit www.liceclinicshawaii.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.