Your facial hair can put you at risk for coronavirus: CDC chart reveals that mutton chops and full beards can make a face mask unusable – but a ‘Hitler’ supply is safe
- A new CDC infographic recommends 12 facial hairstyles that are suitable for a mask or gas mask, including a clean shaven, soul patch or a mustache
- But 20 styles, including stubble, full beard and chops, can reduce the effectiveness of the mask’s exhalation valve when the two come in contact
- The CDC also says that the hair can pass through the seal of the mask, allowing it to catch particles instead of filtering them
- A soldier who served with Adolf Hitler says that he shaved his mustache in the classic shape of a toothbrush so that it would fit under a mask during World War I
A soul patch may be a bad fashion, but it might be better to protect yourself against the corona virus than the beard of a hipster, according to the best health officials in the US.
An infographic of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows how different styles can prevent facial masks and respirators from sealing against the face.
The chart was initially released in 2017, but resurfaced after a top CDC official warned Tuesday that it is no longer “a matter of or … but when” the corona virus will spread in the US.
Clean shavings or whiskers on the side, soul patches and steering mustaches cause the mask to fit properly.
However, styles such as stubble, a full beard and mutton are not recommended because they are likely to disrupt a respirator.
An infographic with 36 facial hairstyles shows which ones fit under a mask or mask and which disrupt the effectiveness of the masks
The infographic contains a total of 36 different facial hairstyles, varying from clean shaved to a fu manchu mustache hanging under the chin.
The CDC recommends 12 styles for a face mask: clean shaven, soul patch, sideburns, pencil, toothbrush, lampshade, Zorro, Zappa, walrus, painter’s brush, Chevron and steering wheel,
A little stubble, a standard beard and dozens of other styles can increase the effectiveness of the exhalation valve of the respirator if the two come into contact.
The infographic says goatee, horseshoe and villain mustaches can work as long as the hair does not cross the seal of the mask.
The CDC says that facial hair cannot work as a filter because it is not close enough, meaning that individual hairs are too large to capture small particles.
In fact, the agency says Investigation has discovered that facial hair under the sealing surface of a mask causes somewhere between 20 and 1000 times more leakage compared to people with smooth-shaven faces.
Cutting facial hair under a mask is not new advice.
A soldier who served with Adolf Hitler – who may have one of the most recognizable mustaches in the world – says the German Chancellor shaved his facial hair to pick up a mask.
Alexander Moritz Frey wrote in an essay that when Hitler served in the First World War, he was told to cut his mustache in his toothbrush shape so that he would fit under a mask and, when the war was over, he would save it.
However, some historians argue about this and say that the Fuehrer wore a popular style at the time.
A soldier who served with Adolf Hitler says that he shaved his mustache of his long height (left) in the classic toothbrush shape (right) so that it would fit under a gas mask during the First World War. Some historians argue about this and say that Hitler was just a popular style at the time
Masks and gas masks are among the most commonly used protective devices to prevent the virus from spreading.
But the CDC does not recommend routine use of respirators outside of workplace settings.
From Wednesday, more than 80,000 people worldwide have been infected with the corona virus and more than 2,700 have died.
So far, 60 cases have been confirmed in the US – 14 in the country and 45 evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan and or from China.