This graph shows what facial hair styles can interfere with health masks (Picture: CDC) Kinds of beards.
Stubble is out and side whiskers are in if you want to stop yourself catching coronavirus, according to US health officials.
An infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows how different styles of beards can stop face masks and respirators from working.
The chart was initially released in 2017, but has resurfaced after a top CDC official warned that it’s no longer ‘a question of if…but when’ coronavirus will spread in the US.
Being clean shaven or having side whiskers, soul patches and handlebar moustaches will allow the mask to fit properly.However lengthier styles such as the Fu Manchu tashe, mutton chops, beards and even stubble are not recommended because they would likely interfere with seal, allowing air particles to slip in.
Lengthy facial hair can render respiratory masks ineffective (Picture: CDC)
Most moustaches won’t cause problems when wearing a face mask (Picture: CDC)
Face masks are being used by many people in an effort to avoid catching coronavirus, which has battered Italy and begun spreading through Europe in recent days.
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The chart was published to tell people who want to do Movember what facial hair works with tight-fitting masks, but is applicable for any situation where you need to wear one.
The CDC says you don’t need to wear a respirator if you are already healthy. However it is ‘crucial’ for medics and anyone displaying the flu-like symptoms.
A goatee, horseshoe and villain moustache are fine with caution but the hair should not cross the respirator’s sealing surface, according to the poster.
Being clean shaven is the safest option whe wearing an infection-control mask (Picture: CDC)
Side whiskers are in but mutton chops are a no-no (Picture: CDC)
Facial hair styles that may present a problem include chin curtains, extended goatees, circle beards, hulihee, French fork and ducktail.
Most moustaches with varying degrees of flare are acceptable – including the walrus, the toothbrush and the Zorro.
There is no official guidance telling men to get the razors out just yet.
However, after the poster did the rounds on social media, NHS staff at Southampton General Hospital were urged to shave as an infection control measure.
Hospital chiefs sent an email which included the graphic, but said those who have beards for religious or cultural reasons are exempt from the ban.
A pedestrian wears a face mask whilst walking along High Holborn (Picture: PA)
Two more people in England have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of UK cases to 15, the Department of Health said today.
They contracted the virus in Italy and Tenerife and have now been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital in London for treatment.
It comes after authorities in Italy reported that the number of people infected in the country has risen to 400 and 12 people have died of the virus in the country – now thought to be the epicentre of the outbreak in Europe.
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More than 81,000 people worldwide have been infected by COVID-19 and the number of deaths is approaching 3,000.
Health professionals have said everyday precautions like carrying hand sanitiser are the best tools to protect against contracting the illness.
Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze, rather than your hands, and binning used tissues immediately is also helpful, according to NHS guidance.