The rise of the quarantine beard has been one of the few silver linings on the clouds of the shit-storm that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Growing facial hair has created a sense of camaraderie and unity between men across the world since the beginning of time. In Viking culture, beards were a mark of masculinity, the Ancient Greeks saw it as a sign of virility and wisdom, so much so that even touching another man’s beard was a sign of respect. It was even customary of many warrior cultures to sheer off the beards of men who showed cowardice in training or in battle. In recent years, events like No Shave November and Movember, in which men grown out their facial hair or moustache throughout the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the Center for Disease Control advised people to shave off their beards as some facial hair styles can inhibit face coverings and masks from working effectively, a graph of which can be seen here. However, some of these restrictions have been relaxed, with new guides stating that a close shave is required for the N95 respirator to perform properly, and not required for loose fitting masks, such as surgical masks, bandanas, or scarves.
A lot has happened since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. I lost a shitty job, got a better job (thanks, Steven), moved in with my girlfriend, immediately regretted moving in with my girlfriend, and grew my first beard. It’s been a wild ride, but it is about time to find a new style. Let us know below what you think my next facial hair style should be.