Is it time for you to shave off your favorite beard?
Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, is continuing its infectious streak. As India watched cases in China, Japan, South Korea, Italy and other countries get ravaged, we were safe. But now, Covid-19 has found its way to us and all of us have to do everything we can to avoid infection and transmission. And this is where your beard comes in. Did you know that you much-loved beard could be a health hazard in the times of Coronavirus? Painter's brush mustache.
An infographic published in 2017 by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with No-Shave November and Movember has resurfaced once again after World Health Organization declared Coronavirus as a pandemic. The chart gives an idea of how facial hair would work with face masks and how some can deter the proper use of the N95 respirator mask.
However, CDC has not issued any advisements regarding the connection between the spread of coronavirus and facial hair. The list is extensive with 36 types of facial beard styles. It mentions the acceptable styles and the ones that are not. Coronavirus has finally reached the stage of a pandemic; you must take care of all the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Image: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Mustache styles for your face
The chart above shows, which styles are more prone to picking up the virus and which is relatively safer. Clean-shaven, soul patch and side whiskers are some of the many other acceptable beard styles.
Note, that if you are wearing a mask, your beard should not cross the seal with your face. Mustaches and sideburns are fine if they on one side of the mask or another. However, if any hair crosses the seal, even your stubble then is not safe enough. The main idea is that your hair should not cross the respirator sealing surface.
It hurts to shave your facial hair and we completely empathize with you. However, there are twelve beard styles that you can opt for according to CDC that is appropriate for your facial mask: clean-shaven, pencil, toothbrush, soul patch, painter’s brush, chevron, handlebar, walrus, side-whiskers, Zorra, Zappa, and lampshade.
Note, that a little stubble or a standard beard and dozens of fancy beard styles can reduce the effectiveness of the exhalation valves in your mask if your beard and mask come into contact. Goatees, horseshoe and villain mustaches can work fine as long as it does not cross the seal of the mask.
Remember, you can always grow your beard back once Covid-19 passes us by, and for all our sakes, we hope that happens soon. Till then, stay safe and shave.
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