Hair Salon Refuses Service to Anyone Who's Been to Africa Recently

hair salonEver since three cases (yes, just three) of Ebola have occurred in the US, some cable news producers and politicians are acting like we're on the brink of a real-life Contagion. Nothing like playing on American public's fears for the sake of ratings and votes! Those fears seem to be taking off like wildfire, even in parts of the country where there have been absolutely no reported cases of Ebola.

Like Boston, Massachusetts, where a hair salon is making headlines for its dumbfounding "precautionary measure" against the virus.

Aveda El Coco International Salon, located near Faneuil Hall, posted a sign on its door on Friday asking visitors to tell salon workers if they've "traveled anywhere near West Africa." Really.

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ebola note at hair salon boston The salon owner, George Kelloyan, explained to Boston.com that the sign isn't "necessary," but he's concerned and doesn't want to transfer anything to anyone if they’ve traveled to West Africa. Kelloyan further attempted to justify the ridiculous sign by explaining that Faneuil Hall is brimming with tourists "from all over the place."

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Wow ... As crazy as this is, you almost can't blame him, considering the over-hyped, panicky tone the news has been striking on the matter. And he's not the first to take bizarro action in response. Consider that a school board in Maine placed a teacher on paid leave, because she had been to Dallas (where two nurses contracted the virus after treating late Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan).

And you can't blame him, given that most Americans believe falsehoods about the virus. According to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)/SSRS poll released last week, 85 percent think someone would be likely to get Ebola if a symptomatic person sneezed or coughed on them. 

The truth, however, is that Ebola is spread via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with bodily fluid, and with surfaces and materials (e.g., bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids.

In other words, this salon owner and others like him really need to get their facts straight before spreading messages of panic and fear -- even if it's disguised as "precaution."

Why do you think there's so much misinformation out there about Ebola?

 

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