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Face masks and your beard

Face masks and your beard

Coronavirus advice for men with facial hair

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an ongoing pandemic that continues to spread across the globe. In this blog we discuss the virus, what it is, what it does and what bearded men need to know

The virus’ actual name is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is called coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is a new virus that affects the respiratory system. It is transmitted through respiratory droplets and is particularly harmful to the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions.

What are respiratory droplets?

Respiratory droplets are expelled when you cough, sneeze or simply breathe. Essentially, they are tiny droplets of spit and other fluid from within your mouth, throat, and lungs.

How do we become infected with the coronavirus?

Coronavirus is primarily spread person to person. Infection occurs when the respiratory droplets of an infected person come in contact with your mouth, nose or inhaled into your lungs.

Infection can also occur if you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your nose, mouth and possibly eyes.

Do I need to shave my beard to protect myself from COVID-19?

No. Unless you are required to wear a respirator, there is no need to shave. There is no medical evidence to indicate that men with beards have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Some doctors speculate that men with facial hair might have a lower risk of contracting the disease because beards may serve as a primitive filter that could possibly catch respiratory droplets before they enter your nose or mouth.

How do I protect myself from COVID-19?

The best prevention for COVID-19 is proper hygiene, frequent hand washing, and social distancing (staying six feet away from other people). We need to wash our hands frequently and avoid touching our faces and beards. We should also wash our beards once a day if we are in an area with communal spread.

To recap, Coronavirus prevention is best done by washing your hands and practicing social distancing while wearing a face covering. COVID-19 beard care is pretty simple – wash your beard more frequently and try not to touch it throughout the day.

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