To shave or not to shave? How beards may affect Covid-19 risk


Growing a beard may seem as harmless as committing to elastic waistbands, as far as pandemic trends go. But for some, choosing to forego shaving could impact one crucial method for ending the pandemic.

An important part of wearing face masks to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus is that the mask fits snugly. Depending on a beard’s length and thickness, experts have said it may reduce the effectiveness of mask-wearing by creating more space between your face and the mask.

Any opening “increases the chance that there is a virus that will get to the orifices, which can then obviously give you the disease,” said Dr. Mona Gohara, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine.

Mask-wearing doesn’t totally prevent infection, but it can help limit the spread of potentially virus-laden respiratory droplets among people. Mask use can reduce the number of new coronavirus infections by nearly 50%, according to a December 2020 study.

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14 thoughts on “To shave or not to shave? How beards may affect Covid-19 risk

  1. Next they’ll be saying penises add to the risk of getting covid so they should go too. Emasculation acceleration. Guard your beard and the rest of your anatomy.


  2. So, will Orthodox Jews (with their heavy-duty beards) call CNN and “Dr.” Mona” anti-semitic”?

  3. Around our household, anytime anyone farts, it’s guaranteed that at least one person will utter the word, “Covid”. (Not kidding). Anytime someone drops a plate, “Covid”. When the hen gets away from you at the chopping block, “Covid”. My father has literally named his most troublesome dog (who incidentally tried to eat the afore mentioned hen) “Covid”. (Seriously). Police who try to force us to wear masks here get the shit kicked out of them, yelled at by the local women, and even killed on occasion. Doctors who try to force the shots disappear. Forced shots dissappear from infirmaries in the middle of the night. People grow beards as they please and don’t give a rat’s ass about propaganda, here it is what it is.

    God, I love Mexico. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a hell of a lot more free. More Americans arrive by the day. Most of us don’t plan on staying forever. US Combat Vet here. Look up, “rally point”. Some of us go back and forth. Comprende?

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