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Doctor ranks chance of COVID-19 exposure by establishment

Posted at 11:55 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 18:26:08-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 13 Action News asked Dr. Daliah Wachs to rank the COVID-19 exposure risk of various establishments across the Las Vegas valley.

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Medium risk for COVID-19 exposure are places like hair and nail salons, according to Dr. Wachs.

“You’re right there up in their face, waxing their eyebrows, you can’t do that six feet social distancing,” says Dr. Wachs.

According to new COVID-19 guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, people should wait in their car until their hair or nail appointment, and to pay by phone.

Medium risk of exposure locations also include sit-down restaurants, grocery stores and the doctor’s office, according to Dr. Wachs.

Dr. Wachs says a doctor’s office can pose a danger due to a higher concentration of sick people being in one place.

Inching closer to the highest risk locations are spots like bars, casinos and gyms.

“You’re exhaling a lot, so gyms need that extra social distancing, much more than six feet,” says Dr. Daliah.

The CDC advises those in gyms to wipe down equipment with disinfecting wipes, and to wear a mask if the workout is low intensity.

When it comes to high risk of exposure, Dr. Wachs says parents should be mindful of daycare facilities.

Another high risk spot is the Department of Motor Vehicles, according to Dr. Wachs.

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“You start to come up on the person ahead of you, you almost mentally try to move yourself closer. To keep that six feet distance and to see that desk far away, I think the DMV because of how busy they are, and how we don’t have enough of them,” said Dr. Wachs