CDC Releases Graphic Showing Best Facial Hair for Face Masks Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Lizzy Buczak
February 27, 2020 - 1:31 pm

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prenvention (CDC) is taking extreme precautions by addressing forms of facial hair with a handy infographic.

The graphic is essentially a “dos” and “don’ts” guide to facial hair when wearing a mask or respirator.

It reveals that while beards and stubble may be fashionable, they’re likely to decrease the effectiveness of life-saving masks by breaking the seal.

CDC Guide to Facial Hair
Photo credit CDC

In short, the CDC is fine with facial hair as long as it fits entirely under a respirator. If it doesn’t, that’s when it might become a problem.

To increase effectiveness, they recommend a clean-shaven face, though they showcase other styles (some comical) that are also acceptable, including the soul patch, side whiskers, pencil, and handlebar. If you’ve got the evil villain look going for you, you should be fine.

The CDC frowns upon long beards, short and long stubble, ducktails, extended goatee, chin curtains, and circle beards because they are likely to “prevent respirators from making a seal on the mask wearers’ faces.”

While the graphic was not created solely with coronavirus in mind – it was first published in November 2017 as a general guide for respiratory masks – it has resurfaced as face masks and respirators are being used worldwide to prevent the spread of the virus.

The demand for face masks has gone up with Amazon users noticing significantly huge spikes in masks due to a lot of people buying them for protection.

However, the CDC does not recommend you wear a mask to protect against coronavirus unless you are already showing symptoms.

The coronavirus has reached nearly every continent in the world with 80,000 cases confirmed, according to the New York Post.

President Donald Trump hosted a press conference on Tuesday where Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC spoke. Dr. Messonnier said, “Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country."

The outbreak started in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and has since continued to spread to various locations worldwide. Patients confirmed with the 2019-nCoV infection have mild to severe respiratory illness, reported the CDC.

Symptoms can include shortness of breath, cough, and fever. The symptoms of the illness may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after the person has contracted the illness.

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