Do Beards Help Spread Coronavirus? There's been some debate about whether or not beards can spread coronavirus. Beards are notoriously germy. But beard-lovers can rejoice. Your scruff is most likely not increasing your chances of spreading COVID-19. Beards only present a problem when it comes to mask safety. Dr. Thomas Russo, via HuffPost Dr. Thomas Russo, via HuffPost Practicing good hygiene and handwashing for at least 20 seconds can help prevent the spread of the virus.