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Lice infestations increase during the pandemic

Posted at 8:05 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 11:05:18-04

The Bakersfield chapter of Lice Clinics of America has reported an increase in lice activity during the pandemic. From April to May officials reported a 37 percent increase in head lice infestations due to the pandemic.

The CDC estimates millions of infestations each year among children 3-to-11 years old. Head-to-head contact is the most common way to get it.

Ashley Ayers, general manager of the clinic, said the increase could be due to more people staying at home.

"It's actually because families are staying home because you're snuggling up watching TV that head to head contact is happening more frequently within families. So it's not just one person but it the whole family so we always recommend bringing in your whole quarantine crew."

Lice Treatments

The medical director of the clinic says preventative measures are important but if you do get it there are some steps to follow.

For more info visit the Lice Clinics of America website.