California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday identified nail salons on the West Coast as the source of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
"This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon," Newsom said in a press conference on Friday. "I'm very worried about that."
Health officials know that the virus is spread very efficiently by touching the eyes, nose and mouth with hands covered in virus particles. The virus is also spread by coughing or sneezing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged people to wash their hands before touching their faces.
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Newsom announced a four-phase plan to reopen the state's economy that begins Friday, May 8. But nail salons in California won't be allowed to reopen until phase 3.
Newsom said the state will allow some business to reopen, including bookstores, warehouses, florists, etc. But that doesn't sit well with nail salons owners.
On nail salon owner was "shocked" by Newsom's comments about her industry. She said she hasn't heard from any health officials saying the outbreak started in nail salons.
"Had they known that this was the situation, absolutely zero information was ever sent to any nail care people in the industry at all," said Michelle Saunders James, owner of Saunders and James Nail Care in Oakland.
Saunders James is concerned that Newsom's remarks will keep people away from nail salons. She employs 12 nail techs in her salon which opened in January and has been closed since mid-March.
She said she's stocking up on disinfectants and personal protection equipment in anticipation of reopening sometime in June.
A Houston woman was denied a pedicure at a nail salon because she was deemed too big to fit in the chair.
Tina Lewis was shocked when she was told she couldn't fit in the salon chairs at Rose Nails salon in Houston.
"I was like, 'Can I get a pedicure? And what chair do I sit in?'" Lewis told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston. "And [the employee] was like, the chairs were not big enough for me to sit in. And I was like, 'Are you serious?'"
KTRK-TV reviewed the video footage which captured the exchange without sound.
Lewis said her mother was as shocked as she was.
"She was like, 'What did she just say?'" Lewis told the station. "I said, 'Yes, mama, she just said that to me.'"
Salon worker Marie Bui confirmed Lewis's story.
"I said, 'I'm sorry I cannot serve you because my spa chair is very small,'" Bui told ABC News. She said she never intended to insult or hurt Lewis, but that another obese customer already broke one of their pricey salon chairs.
"After that, the spa chair and the machine broke underneath," Bui told the station, adding that the chairs are too expensive to replace or repair, especially with the salon's narrow profit margin.
Lewis didn't buy the worker's story and said she would not return to that salon, according to ABC News.
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Junie is the nickname Teyana and Shump gave their daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert, Jr.
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