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CDC recommends men shave their beards to protect against coronavirus

CNN Wire
Feb 26, 2020

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(CNN) — When it comes to novel coronavirus safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests facial hair be kept to a minimum so it fits within a facepiece respirator.

Side whiskers, soul patches, lampshades and handlebar mustaches are good to go, according to a CDC infographic. But styles like a stubble, beard, Dali and mutton chops, are not recommended because they are likely to interfere with a facepiece respirator.

Masks and respirators are being utilized around the world to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has reached more than 80,000 cases globally. A respirator covers at least the nose and mouth and protects against particles including infectious agents, the CDC said. However, the CDC does not recommend routine use outside of workplaces.

Facial hair poses a risk to the effectiveness of respirators because it may keep the exhalation valve from working properly if the two come into contact, the infographic said.

No matter the style choice, the hair should not cross the respirator sealing surface, the infographic said.

A goatee, horseshoe and villain mustache are okay, with caution, the infographic noted.

SOURCE: https://fox40.com/news/coronavirus/cdc-recommends-men-shave-their-beards-to-protect-against-coronavirus

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Sounds like fake news being spread by the media.

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I can't ride apparatus at the fire dept because of my beard - same reason - won't get a good seal if I wore a respirator - even though I don't do any jobs that require a respirator . . . 

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Nothing like trying to spread panic everywhere. 🙄

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Not going to happen.

 

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Hardly...do you shave your beard to protect yourself from the flu or common cold? Thought not. So why would you do it for this? More people die in this country every year from the regular flu, then have died from this new bug...quit listening to screwed up politicized news companies and use some common sense.

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Has the CDC nothing better to do?  Come up with a vaccine and start distributing it already, is that not your job? What about Hassidic  and Orthodox Jewish men who are required to have a beard for religious reasons?  Or Amish men?

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CDC is not recommending masks (yet). I have worn an Apnea mask for over 20 years, and never had a problem. Although it is not the same as a respirator (it is nose only), the seal does press on my facial hair while at considerable pressure without issue. 

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Hello Santas-

First was Swine Flu, then Evain (bird) Flu.

Now this! Sorry if One takes Precautions as would the Flu (which has killed Thousands)-I think We could be better off! 

Why did it take this long to finally Report it?

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Conspiracy theory says it's a Chinese Bio-Weapon from Wuhan, where they develop such atrocities. May have been predicted in the 80's - Google "Wuhan 400".

 

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I have one thing to say...
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On 2/26/2020 at 8:06 PM, Black Hills Santa said:

Nothing like trying to spread panic everywhere. 🙄

Seems to me to be the goal of most of the news media!!

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On 2/26/2020 at 9:32 PM, Eileen Strom said:

common sense

Something that is in very short supply!   But hey, we have 43 million face masks which BTW, are ineffective against COVID-19!

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I sure hope this virus is gone and past by the time next Christmas comes around, or we're all in a heap of mess!

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To be totally fair, the virus itself is basically a bad cold.  It does tend to have more negative connotations for folks getting up in age with various other health issues to include heart problems, breathing problems etc.  The biggest 'problem' so to speak with the corona virus is that folks can walk around asymptomatic (or not feeling/acting sick) for up to 21 days all while being contagious.  When you get the FLU you feel terrible, you stay home and you're not infecting others.  The Flu has a relatively short contagious window without symptoms.  

From Oct 2019 to February 2020 at LEAST 14,000 people died of influenza in the USA according to the CDC.   5 months, 14k+ dead.  One of these isn't like the other. Most of the 'panic' surrounding the corona virus is misplaced at best. 

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On 3/3/2020 at 2:29 PM, YoungSC said:

As I said. This appears to be hyped (i.e.; fake news) news being spread by the media.

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Remember, the common cold is one strain of Corona virus. And Lysol will kill the virus.  So , keep your hands washed and hope that by fall this virus has dissipated.

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Additional comments, pushed the wrong button before I was done.
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Heard today that we have three confirmed cases in Ohio now.

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25 minutes ago, bllwnkl said:

Heard today that we have three confirmed cases in Ohio now.

We have at least two confirmed here in NJ. 

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2 hours ago, Black River Santa said:

We have at least two confirmed here in NJ. 

6 cases here in South Carolina ... I stopped shaving in 1968, so not shaving ...

I'm very concerned about the current pandemic considering my age, as probably some of you here are as well, in the high risk pool, so being in as healthy a condition as I can has become my goal and I pray that everyone here at Claus Net fairs well and we all get through this healthy. This is going to get worse before it gets better and the world is going to need souls like us Jolly Ole Elves in Red Suites this Christmas more than ever ... 

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8 hours ago, Santa Timothy SC said:

6 cases here in South Carolina ... I stopped shaving in 1968, so not shaving ...

I'm very concerned about the current pandemic considering my age, as probably some of you here are as well, in the high risk pool, so being in as healthy a condition as I can has become my goal and I pray that everyone here at Claus Net fairs well and we all get through this healthy. This is going to get worse before it gets better and the world is going to need souls like us Jolly Ole Elves in Red Suites this Christmas more than ever ... 

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Well said, thank you, Santa Timothy.

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Nope, can't do it......and I've had three children come up to me and tell me not to shave because I remind them of Santa Claus, and that's a good thing.

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I work in the Health Care field and have been asked about my feelings towards it. I tell them they would have to hold me down ....and they're not big enough. 

All I hear is Blah, Blah, Blah.........

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