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    I have seen a lot of articles about beards and bacteria. Does your beard aid in the transmission of COVID-19? Should you shave your beard during this pandemic? As well as many others.

   First off, let me say that I am not an expert in any way. I simply want to put some information out there and let you make up your own mind.

   I also want to say that a virus and bacteria are not the same thing. Why do articles that address COVID-19 mention bacteria? I’m not sure. Here is a little info on both.

  • Bacteria and viruses differ in their structure and their response to medications.
  • Viruses are not considered to be “living” because they require a host cell to survive long-term, for energy, and to reproduce. Viruses consist of only one piece of genetic material and a protein shell called a capsid. They survive and reproduce by “hijacking” a host cell and using its ribosomes to make new viral proteins.

   Most bacteria are beneficial, only a few cause disease. Viruses on the other hand are responsible for many diseases. (https://www.drugs.com/medical-answers/difference-between-bacteria-virus-3503840/)

As far as beards go, there seems to be a lot of incorrect information out there. The infographic that was displayed all over the news a couple months back was reportedly saying to shave your beard to stop the spread. However, the truth is that infographic was directed at health care workers using N-95 masks that require a good tight fit to perform properly. (https://www.maxgreenalchemy.com/germs-in-beard)

Please practice good hygiene by keeping your beard clean, washing your hands as needed to avoid contamination and take other precautionary steps that you feel are appropriate.

Stay safe and healthy. Thanks for visiting our website and remember…………………

It’s all about the beard, Man!

Doc