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  • Any face mask is better than nothing when it comes to protecting you from the novel coronavirus but one problem so many people have masks like those is that they don’t fit well on the sides of your face — now, there’s a brilliant viral hack that easily eliminates all the gaps around your mask.

Now that schools across the country have reopened and the flu season is just around the corner, there’s no question that you need to be extra cautious to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the coronavirus. You obviously need plenty Purell hand sanitizer — which is actually on Amazon right now at the lowest price on the whole internet — and you need things like hand soap and disinfectant sprays as well. But there’s one thing that’s way more important than anything else, and you all know by now exactly what it is: A face mask.

COVID-19 is wildly contagious and it spreads from person to person through the air, for the most part, so soaps and sanitizers are nowhere near as crucial as masks. The virus is released from the mouth in microscopic droplets or even smaller aerosols when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, yells, or even just talks. If those droplets enter another person’s eyes, nose, or mouth, he or she can catch the potentially deadly disease. That’s why wearing a face mask provides two elements of protection — face masks help stop sick people from spreading the disease, and they also help block aerosolized virus from entering a healthy person’s mouth or nose.

There are so many options for face masks that we’ve highlighted some of our favorites. For a heavy-duty face mask that comes with air filters, reach for the AstroAI Reusable Dust Face Mask. This comes with one mask and seven activated carbon filters plus four breathing valves.

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For more reusable options, you should consider the most stylish choice, the Weddingstar Washable Cloth Face Mask. This comes in so many different patterns and colors that you’ll be able to match your outfit to it. There is also a dust filter pocket that makes it more protective.

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If you want to be able to pick better sizes, opt for the EnerPlex Premium 3-Ply Reusable Face Mask. They come in small, medium, large, or extra large and you’ll get three to a pack. You can also choose the Safe+Mate x Case-Mate washable and reusable masks that come in different colors and sizes. The back elastic strap relieves tension.

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Plus, you can also go with a disposable mask, like the SD Pack of 50 3-ply masks that ship directly from Canada. These are on sale for only $15.

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It’s so crucial to keep in mind that these masks do a fine job… but only if they fit properly on your face. If there are gaps on the sides or on the bottom of the mask, aerosolized virus is more likely to pass through. That’s why a simple face mask hack that went viral recently is so awesome. It takes 60 seconds to do, and it makes these standard 3-ply face masks fit so much better for many people. What’s the trick? Check out the Instagram video embedded below to see how easy (and brilliant!) it is. The video was created and posted on TikTok by a dentist named Olivia Cui, and then reposted on Instagram by Katie Couric.


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