A UK analysis workforce’s modern beard protecting method, dubbed because the ‘Singh Thattha’, which permits bearded medics to put on a well-fitting respirator masks whereas on frontline COVID-19 duties with out the necessity for shaving has proved efficient in preliminary trials.
The workforce, led by Professor Gurch Randhawa from College of Bedfordshire and Dr Rajinder Pal Singh, sought to work on an answer following quite a few calls by Public Well being England (PHE) to guard medical doctors from ethnic minorities, together with Sikh, Jewish and Muslim communities, who are inclined to have beards for spiritual causes.
“Because shaving was a mandatory pre-requisite for wearing respirator masks, many members of the faith-observant bearded community, such as Sikh, Jewish and Muslim, have been affected and have had to face the dilemma of redeployment from frontline healthcare jobs involving exposure to COVID-19,” stated Randhawa, Professor of Variety in Public Well being on the College of Bedfordshire and Director of the college’s Institute for Well being Analysis.
“Redeployment to other areas incurs a loss of skillset and need for re-training, and junior doctors have had their training impacted,” he stated.
Randhawa recollects the same scenario within the US from again in 2005, when a faith-observant bearded Sikh man was denied the place of a corrections officer in California because the job required workers to sometimes put on a respirator masks.