Bearded doctors wanted for mask study

The Royal Melbourne Hospital is recruiting medics to determine if a rubber band is the key to ideal mask fit for practitioners with facial hair

Bearded doctors are being asked to take part in a study to assess a technique that could improve mask fit for health workers with facial hair. 

Researchers from the Royal Melbourne Hospital are investigating if an under-mask beard cover will solve the problem of N95/P2 mask fit for health workers who cannot shave for religious or cultural reasons.

Known as the Singh Thattha technique, it involves the use of a long, wide elastic band that is placed over the beard, secured closely around the sides of