Sun. Mar 29th, 2020

Is it advisable to shave your beard to prevent contagion?

The fact that Wuham toilets cut their hair to slow the spread of the virus has fueled all kinds of guesswork.

Last weekend, the notice that Covid-19 adheres very easily to makeup and moisturizers spread like wildfire on social networks. Even an alleged audio from a nurse alerting of this and that the covid-19 was fixed on rings and bracelets even circulated on WhatsApp.

Well, neither from the WHO nor from the Ministry of Health have made any recommendations in this regard and many experts have been quick to warn on social networks that this is one more hoax around the Covid-19.

In this sense, it should be remembered that the transmission of this virus is respiratory (aerosols that are formed when speaking, coughing …), so putting a cream or makeup on your face would not be dangerous because the virus is not absorbed through the skin.

However, in the last few hours a new notice is gaining strength on social networks, this time in relation to hair or facial hair.

Several users of social networks and the media have echoed that the health authorities have recommended shaving their beards to protect themselves from the coronavirus, even assuring that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been alerted to the possible risk that facial hair could pose and even that some masks protect more if we do not have a beard. The warning is true, but it dates from 2017 and is intended for workers who have to wear tight-fitting respirators or masks. It was published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and has nothing to do with the coronavirus crisis. Furthermore, the CDC recalls that currently the WHO do not recommend the use of masks to the general public or respirators against COVID-19.

Many, however, justify the credibility of this rumor by the fact that in its day Chinese male and female nurses, from the Wuhan region, shaved their hair to help prevent the virus from spreading through the air. Also, in Hubei province some of the sanitary took extreme precautions cutting her hair. However, experts point out that this measure was carried out for hygiene reasons (they worked very long hours without washing their hair) and with the intention that the mask and cap of the toilets fit better.

Health authorities make it clear that there is no scientific evidence to support that people with beards and mustaches can increase the spread of the coronavirus


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