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Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr., speaks before a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES - 2015/10/06: Pennsylvania State capitol building. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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If President Trump had his way, mask-wearing would play a crucial role in whatever us-versus-them narrative he attempts to spin for his reelection.

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A Test of Masks in Missouri

TPM Reader JM fills in some key details on that COVID-infected hair stylist in Springfield, Missouri and what could be an interesting test in the efficacy of masking …

I read your post about the hair salon in Springfield, MO. I live in Springfield and would like to clarify what happened and why I think it could end up being significant.

First, the details you gave weren’t quite right. An initial stylist turned up sick and exposed 84 clients and 7 coworkers. While she was sick and working, she also visited a Walmart, a gym (3 times – must not have felt too bad!), and a couple of other places. Then a coworker of hers turned up sick and exposed 56 clients. Together, they exposed 147 people associated just with their place of employment. Luckily, the salon did everything right, including collecting contact information for each client, which made the job of contract tracing much easier for the health department.

Why I think this episode is so important:

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WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - MAY 05, 2020: U.S. Senator, Rick Scott (R-FL) wearing a face mask as a precaution against covid 19.
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