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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

COVID-19: LVHN male caregivers asked to shave beards for masks

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) male caregivers are being asked to shave their facial hair.

Some facial hairstyles compromise the effectiveness of the N-95 face mask, preventing a tight seal around the face.

An N-95 respirator and surgical mask are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face and are critical during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Said Thomas Whalen, MD, LVHN Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO), “LVHN is asking colleagues on the front line who do not require an accommodation for a sincerely held religious belief to shave their facial hair.”

Whalen, who shaved his beard as a show of support, is urging men in the community to join in and shave to support those doing their part to keep the community healthy and safe.

Information: including for people with COVID-19 and links to LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test locations: www.LVHN.org/covid19