Together with disinfection and hand-washing, N95 respirators have proven to reduce the infectious risk of COVID in doctors and nurses. In order to wear an N95 respirator effectively, achieving an adequate seal is essential. United States regulations mandate that health care workers get fit-tested every year, a process that involves spraying foul-tasting fumes around a person's head to see if the mask successfully blocks particles from entering the nose and mouth. That means anyone who plans to wear an N95 mask would need to shave their beards to ensure a good fit. Alina Bridges, associate professor of dermatology and pathology at the Mayo Clinic said that her institution updated their "no facial hair" policy. Effective immediately, "staff are required to be clean shaven for fit testing.
This CDC infographic lets you know if your facial hair won’t work with a mask
Facial hair and respirator fit: a review of the literature
This blog and infographic from are intended for workers who wear respirators at work. The month of November is full of fun, interesting, and thought-provoking observances. November is also the host month to campaigns like No-Shave November and Movember. Campaigns such as these are working hard to raise money for important causes such as cancer research, education, and awareness.
Is actor Robert Downey Jr. If you are preparing for a date by grooming your facial hair and getting ready to wear a respirator mask, you are in luck. Take a look at a CDC infographic , which shows 36 different facial hair styles and provides names for each of them, just in case you want to refer to your face in the third person. This is the kind of mask that may protect you against small airborne microbes like the COVID causing coronavirus if the mask is worn properly.