An interesting and undoubtedly well-executed doodle has been making the rounds across social media platforms, striking panic in the gloriously bearded among us. The workplace safety infographic (below) compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has run amok, spawning claims that authorities are telling people to shave off beards and mustaches to avoid the novel coronavirus.
While the infographic is remarkable for its breathlessly comprehensive illustrations of nearly every facial hairstyle imaginable, it was NOT intended to urge the shaving off of beards. In fact, the poster is one of many created by a sub-branch of the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; specifically, one dedicated to personal protective equipment typically used in professional settings.
In its current Coronavirus advisories, CDC is not recommending the “routine use of respirators outside of the workplace (in the community).” Aside from limiting gatherings to less than 50 people, the CDC currently advises mostly standard stuff–things we are told every flu season: avoid sick people, stay at home if you are sick, avoid touching your eyes or nose, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
So rejoice, beardos! Wash your hands and run some beard oil through those luxurious whiskers. They can stay… for now.