CDC: Facial hair can interfere with masks, respirators


Face masks and respirators are being used around the world in an effort to combat the massive global spread of the deadly coronavirus. The CDC cautions that facial hair can interfere with those devices.

A CDC infographic displays dozens of styles, showing which ones are compatible with masks and respirators. Some types of facial hair can keep the exhalation valve from working properly, according to health officials.

Styles such as side-whiskers, handlebar mustaches, and several others are okay, but styles such as mutton chops and full beards are not recommended. Things like goatees and villain mustache are okay, with caution.

The main idea is that the hair should not cross the respirator sealing surface. Take a look at the infographic below:

Clarification: The infographic was originally published by the CDC and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Science blog in 2017 in reference to proper respiratory protection practices.

Infographic: CDC

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