CDC says bearded men may not be fully protected with face masks

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Masks are being used in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, but the CDC warns facial hair can interfere with those devices

Face masks and respirators are being used around the world in an effort to combat the 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 OK, but styles such as mutton chops and full beards are not recommended.

Things like goatees and villain mustache are OK, with caution.

The main idea is that the hair should not cross the respirator sealing surface.

Take a look at the infographic below:

Infographic: CDC

Scientists have said the masks offer some protection, but the wearer can still pick up germs in other ways.

The CDC has recommended wearing masks in certain situations.

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