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Answering your questions: Hair salons, resistance and medical care

Posted: 7:23 PM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 13:50:19-04
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, 100% of the workforce, except essential workers, must now stay home. Below are some answers compiled Friday in regards to hair salons, resistance and medical care.

Q: "Are they planning on shutting down hair and nail salons in WNY at all?"
- Amanda from Tonawanda

A: The quick answer is yes. Governor Cuomo announced Friday morning all barber shops, hair salons and related personal care services have to close statewide by Saturday at 8 p-m. Nail technicians are also part of this executive order.

Q: "After one recovers from the virus does your body build up a resistance to the virus to help ward off a second attack?"
- Howard from Eden

A: From Dr. Thomas Russo, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo: "The answer is we don’t know. We certainly hope that after you’ve been infected, the natural infection will result in a protective immune response...However, we don’t know yet so we’re going to have to wait and see."

This next question is coming from Marilla. The person is a caregiver for their disabled mom.

Q: "I’m concerned about what to do should she need medical care. What’s going to happen for people who need medical care for things besides Coronavirus specifically?"
- Anonymous from Marilla

A: Dr. Russo: "That’s a very important question. I think it’s the nature of the medical care. If it’s sort of routine follow up and you’re doing well on your medicines, I think I would stay at home at this point. However if an acute problem develops or you have an underlying disease where the treatment management of that disease and you're feeling quite symptomatic, then I think you need to go ahead and call your health care provider and be seen."

7 Eyewitness News will continue to ask the experts for answers to your questions.