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Shave your beards to be safe from coronavirus – CDC warns


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Centre for Disease Control in the United States has warned that facial hair can interfere with face masks and respirators, which are being used around the world in an effort to combat the global spread of coronavirus, a.k.a 2019-nCoV.

The CDC has come up with an infographic, which displays assorted styles of beards and showing the ones that are compatible with masks and respirators.

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Health officials said some types of facial hair can keep the exhalation valve from working properly according to CNN News.

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Styles such as side-whiskers, handlebar mustaches, and several others are okay, but styles such as mutton chops and full beards are not recommended.

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

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

Recall that the Nigerian government, through the Federal Ministry of Health, had confirmed a coronavirus disease, COVID-19, case in Lagos State.

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The case, which was confirmed on  February 27, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on 25th of February 2020.

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He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

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