By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:00 GMT, 26 February 2020 | Updated: 23:48 GMT, 26 February 2020
A soul patch may be bad fashion, but it might be better for protecting yourself from coronavirus than a hipster's beard, according to the top health officials in the US.
An infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows how different styles can prevent face masks and respirators from sealing against the face.
The chart was initially released in 2017, but has resurfaced after a top CDC official warned on Tuesday that it's no longer 'a question of if...but when' the coronavirus will spread in the US.
Being clean shaven or having side whiskers, soul patches and handlebar mustaches will allow the respirator mask to fit properly.
However, styles such as a stubble, a full beard, and mutton chops are not recommended because they would likely interfere with a respirator.
An infographic with 36 facial hairstyles shows which ones fit under a mask or respirator and which ones interfere the masks' effectiveness
In total, the infographic lists 36 different facial hairstyles ranging from clean shaven to a fu manchu mustache that hangs below the chin.
The CDC recommends 12 styles as