To keep your mane long or short is often a styling choice men think about. Whether it's sporting a light stubble or a Dumbledore Esque look, all males have their unique and individual choices. Beards have become a specific matter of concern when speaking of the global pandemic occurring across the globe currently. In times such as these, the spread of misinformation can get people worried easily. I urge you not to panic because this piece has the stuff you need to be acquainted with. Go on, give it a read!

When the spread of Coronavirus was at its initial stage, popular comedian and actor Jim Carrey took to Twitter regarding beard concerns. He said he'd keep his beard and refrain from shaving until everyone was permitted to go back to work again. This encouraged many to follow in his footsteps.

In other news, a picture released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) resurfaced on the internet, displaying a bunch of facial hair styles that would hamper the proper functioning of a respirator or mask. But what you really need to know about this, is that the picture can be dated back to 2017. Hence, the context in which it was released has no official link to the Coronavirus pandemic. The CDC does not recommend males to keep a clean face just because it's going to prevent them from being affected by the virus.

Numerous dermatologists and specialists have mentioned that there are arguments on both sides, for this particular case. Research conducted has proved that beards are carriers for greater germs although the reverse could also be true. A clean shaven face leaves the skin barrier exposed to the same types of bacteria.

Having a beard may cause men to touch their face often, which is officially not a move endorsed by the World Health Organization guidelines. Having said that, there is no scientific data to back the fact that manes cause males to fiddle with their face.

No advice given here should be taken as a direct equivalent of medical opinion. This is also not an opinion piece. The title says, “what you need to know.” I'm merely providing you with reliable information. Now it’s up to you to make your choice so pick wisely and stay safe out there!

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP

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