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Dentist Offers a Hack to Keep Your Mask Secure

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This worldwide pandemic forces all of us to wear masks to be safe and keep others safe. But what can you do about a mask that doesn’t fit well, particularly for those of us who have smaller faces?

Masks have to fit well in order to be effective. While the general public wears isn’t a custom mask that someone in medicine would wear, it is necessary and does help. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of two wear one when not around people in their household and when social distancing is impossible.

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One dentist has come up with a solution to your loose mask woes. Dr. Olivia Cui posted her quick and easy hack to Tick Tok, which immediately went viral. It takes about to minute to watch, but we’ll lay the steps out below anyway:

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Fold your mask in half, and tie a knot in the ear loops. Make sure to keep the knot as close to the corners of the mask as possible. Reopen the mask—you’ll now see at the sides where you can tuck it in. That’s it—you’re good to go out into the world with a secure mask.

Celebrities and social media influencers shared the hack, which quickly spread across all platforms. Dr. Cuid said that in the absence of an N95 mask, doing this was the best bet.

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Hi folx! @katiecouric (via @tt_cui ) shared this great mask trick & I wanted to share with all of you & try it for myself. Masks won’t be a forever thing, but we are still in the middle of a pandemic that affects our bodies & our neighbors’ bodies. Wearing a mask is not an “attack on your rights” nor a government hoax. It’s a simple act of protecting yourself and others from a deadly virus. For me, it’s about being a thoughtful neighbor and putting the collective in front of my own individual comfort so we can beat this thing & return to work, to hugging each other & partying with our grandparents without fearing I or some gd Karen might potentially kill them with their infected breath. No shame in that. 💕 Stay healthy, stay kind.

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Now that you have this great mask hack at your disposal make sure you do one more thing—wash your hands!

What pandemic prevention hacks to you have that you can share? Let us know in the comments below!