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Is Your Soul Patch Putting You At Risk During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here.If you’re going to wear a face mask to protect against coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants you to be aware one thing that could make it less effective: beards. A Zappa ‘stache is fine, for example. So is a…

Is Your Soul Patch Putting You At Risk During the Coronavirus Outbreak?
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If you’re going to wear a face mask to protect against coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants you to be aware one thing that could make it less effective: beards.

A Zappa ‘stache is fine, for example. So is a “lampshade,” whatever that is. But a Fu Manchu, no dice. And be careful not to cross the face mask’s seal with a “villain” mustache.

The CDC is recommending that doctors and nurses treating patients who might be infected with coronavirus should wear face masks. Health and Human Services Director Alex Azar said the country will need 270 million more masks for healthcare workers than it has on hand.

But facial hair could make those masks way less effective, the CDC previously warned.

In a 2017 infographic, the agency laid out in detail precisely how 36 facial hair stylings are or are not compatible with face masks. The chart is perhaps more useful as a catalogue of obscure beards than it is for explaining how to wear a face mask.

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