Why Men Should Get Rid Of Facial Hair Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

According to a news release, men with different kinds of facial hair may need to trim it or even shave it off entirely if they want to be able to use a respirator properly in order to keep themselves safe from the coronavirus outbreak.

Facial Hair Dangers

Having a beard is great, especially if you’ve spent some time and effort grooming and growing it to look good. However, a new infographic released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that not all facial hair for men is created equal because there are some that can conflict with potentially life-saving respirators. The new graphic comes while the U.S. starts bracing itself better for the coronavirus outbreak that is quickly spreading from state to state.

Per CDC, facial hair styles like Zorro, handlebar and walrus mustaches are fine. However, muttonchops, Fu Manchus, Dalis and Englishes may need to be shaved off because they can stop the respirators from completely sealing your face from the coronavirus. The graphic also doesn’t recommend having long stubbles, full beards, French porks, ducktail, Verdi, garibaldi, chin curtain, extended goatee, circle beard, Van Dyke, imperial and Hulihee.

Furthermore, while a clean shaven face is your best bet, having a stubble can still cause some trouble. There are also standard beards and chops that are considered risky since these facial hair types can come in contact with the exhalation valve of a respirator, which then greatly reduces their effectiveness.

As for people with goatees, you are all good to go, given that your facial hair wouldn’t cross the seal.

Facial Protection

All across the world, face masks and respirators are being used as an effort  to combat the massive global spread of the deadly coronavirus. Initially starting back in an exotic meat market in the Chinese province of Wuhan, the coronavirus has since spread all across mainland China, with multiple cases popping in from more than a dozen countries after just a month of getting discovered.

Unfortunately, there is still no known cure at the moment, although various groups from all over the world are already making efforts in order to create a vaccine.

A man wears a surgical face mask as he walks to the Metro station in Mexico City April 27, 2009. A man wears a surgical face mask as he walks to the Metro station in Mexico City April 27, 2009. Governments around the world had rushed to reduce the impact of a possible flu pandemic as the swine flu virus killed 103 people in Mexico, and spread to North America and Europe. Eliana Aponte/Reuters