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CDC: Facial hair can interfere with protective masks


Face masks and respirators are being used around the world in an effort to combat the massive global spread of the coronavirus. But 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.

This infographic was originally posted on the CDC website in 2017:

Infographic: CDC

As a reminder, health officials say masks won’t do much for a healthy person trying to avoid the coronavirus.

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