Amid rising fears of Coronavirus and panic buying of face masks, the US federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health have just issued a helpful guide about which types of beards and mustaches will make those masks less effective, and which will be okay.
It turns out that face masks don’t go well with some types of beards, and the efficiency of the air filtration is reduced significantly.
In a 2017 graphic release that illustrated which types of beards work well with air filtration face masks, and which don’t. With Coronavirus, or COVID-19, spreading rapidly around the world, millions are using face masks in the hope to keep the air borne virus out—at least as far as possible.
“Facial hair that lies along the sealing area of a respirator, such as beards, sideburns, or some mustaches, will interfere with respirators that rely on a tight facepiece seal to achieve maximum protection. Facial hair is a common reason that someone cannot be fit tested,” the CDC had said at the time.
As the Coronavirus is close to being a global pandemic, even though it has not officially been notified as such by the World Health Organization (WHO). The data compiled by various agencies around the world, there are now 81,164 confirmed cases of Coronavirus around the world.
It turns out that being clean shaven is the best way to go. But if you still must have a beard, then a stubble, a long stubble, a full beard (of course, duh), ducktail, Verdi, mutton chops and Fu Manchu are a complete no-no. You could, however, still be good with the soul patch, side whiskers, the pencil moustache, toothbrush (reminds anyone of that gentleman called Adolf Hitler?) and the walrus are quite okay.