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The Best Face Masks for Virus Protection

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Want to find the best face mask for virus protection? Whether you want to donate some to your local hospital or need them to protect yourself as you care for an infected loved one, it’s clear that some face masks are more protective than others against COVID-19. Here, we’ll help you wade through the sea

Allergy Face Masks and the Coronavirus

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Dust, pollen, mold, and animal hair are common allergens that can be found indoors and outdoors. Contact with these allergens can cause allergic reactions, which can cause difficulty breathing, as well as persistent coughing and sneezing. Sound familiar? Just as allergies can cause some of the same symptoms as the ones associated with COVID-19, some

How Anti-Smoke Masks Factor Into the COVID-19 Crisis

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Are anti-smoke masks the same as the ones being used for protection against the coronavirus? First, you should understand how they work against smoke. Smoke inhalation injury from the toxic byproduct of fire combustion accounts for almost 80% of fire-related deaths in the United States. Mostly wildfire smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and

What Are Air Filter Masks and Where Can I Buy One?

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The quality of the air you breathe affects your health. Inhalation of environmental pollutants, dust, bacteria, and viruses can have negative effects, as evidenced by the current pandemic.  In China, the effects of air pollution cause 1.6 million premature deaths each year. Traffic-derived air pollution has also been shown to cause cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Bacteria

Beat the Heat and Stay Safe With a Cool Face Mask

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Face masks have become extremely popular due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced people globally to find a face covering that can safely cover up their mouth and nose. This is done in hopes of keeping the coronavirus at bay and to help prevent infected individuals (even those who don’t realize they are carriers)

What You Need to Understand About the N95 Respirator

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N95 is the buzzword these days in the medical community and everywhere else, too. But if you don’t use the N95 (or any other type of respirator) properly, it may not be all that much more effective than a garden-variety surgical mask.  Let’s dive into why the N95 mask is recommended for serious communicable diseases

Breathable Face Masks for Comfortable Protection

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As the COVID-19 pandemic is tightening its grip across the world, observing all the measures to prevent contracting the infection has become even more challenging.  Wearing a face mask whenever you’re in a public place has graduated from a request to a mandate in many places in an effort to try and curb the spread

Designer Brands That Are Giving Back With Fashion Face Masks (And More)

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COVID-19 has put the world into crisis mode, but in some cases, it’s brought out the best of humanity. Individuals are rising to the challenges of caring for vulnerable members of their communities, donating and creating PPE substitutes for the medical community, and sharing a little joy wherever possible. In the designer world, a fashion

Face Masks Using Underwear Work in a Pinch

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You probably know by now that face masks are recommended by the CDC when you venture out into your community. You also know that medical-grade masks should be reserved for healthcare workers during this time, and that cloth mask alternatives are available both for sale and as a DIY option with materials you may already

The Face Mask Guidelines You Should Be Following

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As the world faces a new and expansive health challenge, the need for health and hygiene measures (like wearing a face mask in public) are critical to controlling the spread of COVID-19. Face masks now play a pivotal role in society, helping to combat the spread of the virus.  It is vital for the general

How to Turn Your Headband Into a Face Mask

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With a shortage of face masks and the recommendation that people should use one, the public is turning to more and more creative solutions. You may have seen everything from bandanas to underwear covering faces, as the people of your community attempt to stay safe during the pandemic.  The problem is, not all of these creative

Are Carbon Filter Masks as Effective as N95s?

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The face mask market offers many varieties, but not all of these are effective against viruses. Small particles can move freely through many materials, including cloth, which means that the safest masks are the surgical masks, N95 respirators, and carbon filter masks. As the former two are extremely popular, demand for them is high but

Here’s How You Can Make a Face Mask Using Socks

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With the shortage of medical face masks, the CDC is recommending that the general public use cloth face masks or cloth coverings for protection against the coronavirus. Although they do not offer maximum protection, cloth face masks create a barrier and help prevent the wearer from inhaling infected viral particles.  Various clothing brands, and other

Do You Really Need an N100 Mask?

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With the current coronavirus pandemic, the use of face masks and respirators has multiplied. From makeshift tissue paper masks to heavy-duty full-face respirators, each precautionary measure offers a different level of protection. As of now, most governments, organizations, and hospitals are recommending the use of N-series masks in high-risk environments. In this series, the N95 face

Where to Buy Face Masks Made in the USA

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In most parts of the world, including the United States, wearing a face mask when going out is now mandatory. With so many people shopping for masks at once, supplies in many places are limited. To alleviate this, different apparel companies and fashion designers have changed their production lines to make both medical and non-medical

The P and R Series – Face Mask Types You Haven’t Heard Much About

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Face mask types can be confusing. All those letters and numbers jumbled together…it’s no wonder the public has found a single mask to talk about nonstop: the N95. The N95 is a happy medium of breathability, practicality, and efficiency. Although it’s not the only one out there (and doesn’t provide the strongest protection available against

How to Sew Your Own Face Mask

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Have you looked everywhere for a protective face mask, only to find them out of stock? Now is the perfect time to jump in and learn how to sew your own face mask. Once you get started, you’ll discover how easy and rewarding it is to create these little germ screeners. Even if you’re new

Express Yourself With an Emoji Face Mask

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Face masks are a hot topic of discussion right now, but you can’t really tell by looking.  Although masks prevent infected droplets from spreading to a degree, they’re not great for showing emotion. And let’s face it: so many of them look almost exactly the same, it gets a little boring after a while. You

The N99 Mask – N95’s Big Brother

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Before the coronavirus outbreak, the term “N99 respirator mask” wasn’t well known outside of medicine and construction. Now, the N99 and its neighbors, the N95 and N100, are the topics of household conversation. The N-series’ claim to fame is their ability to keep out extremely small particles, including most viruses. However, there are certain things

How to Make a Face Mask Using Hair Ties

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With COVID-19 numbers going back up and people heading back into their communities, many who did not previously consider face masks are starting to look for options. However, many types of face masks are out of stock (or restricted to medical workers only, in the case of certain masks).  While you wait for your face

Buying a Pink Face Mask

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Some days, you just want to feel pretty – virus or no virus. A soft, pink face mask offers the choice of a soothing pastel or a bright, feisty hue. It’s all up to you. With so many options evolving in recent months, you can find a range of colors and styles that match your

Should You Switch to Reusable Face Masks?

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On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic due to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. The aggressive spread of the virus in many states of the US led the CDC to issue a statement advising the public on wearing face masks. But with a shortage of medical masks, many non-medical

Offbeat Face Masks to Help You Stand Out

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People usually express their individual style with clothes and accessories. Now that face masks have become an unexpected addition to our day-to-day wardrobes, why not use them for the same kind of self-expression?  A skull face mask is a cheeky way to show your sense of humor while standing out from the crowd. Or perhaps

What Are Particulate Masks?

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To non-medical workers, it may seem as if face masks are relatively new to the scene. Outside of hospitals and dentist offices, you may not have seen them much until recently. However, there are many types of masks that were already in use without medical context, to protect against pollutants like dust, ash, or smoke.

How to Decorate a Blank Face Mask

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If the only masks you have available are plain old blank ones, it can get a little boring. Decorating a face mask can be a great way to customize or personalize your mask, and it’s a fun project for creative kids to do, too. More importantly, it’s possible to decorate your mask in a way

Looking for a Black Face Mask? Try These Sites First

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The coronavirus pandemic has taken us all by surprise and quickly led to a global shortage of face masks. The most highly sought-after types are the medical-grade face masks, such as N95 respirators and surgical masks, which the CDC has asked the general public to refrain from using to prevent at-risk workers from going without. This means that

Help Healthcare Workers by Using Face Mask Alternatives

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The global shortage of medical-grade face masks has left healthcare workers in a vulnerable position. To ease the demand, the CDC is now urging the general public to turn to cloth face masks and other medical face mask alternatives so that heavy-duty protection can be available for the medical community. What are the alternatives for medical-grade face masks? One

7 Things to Consider Before Buying a Face Mask Online

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Many countries are now slowly lifting lockdowns that were previously enforced due to COVID-19. The virus that first surfaced in China in 2019 has become a pandemic that has disrupted most people’s daily lives. Almost every country, including the USA, announced lockdowns to stop the spread of the disease. And now that restrictions during lockdowns are eased, you’re

The Face Mask Buyer’s Guide

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Medical masks have been in use for decades, but have become extremely common recently as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus is a microscopic particle that can enter through many materials. Regardless, the CDC and other healthcare bodies have recommended that all people wear masks when leaving their homes, since they do slow the spread of the

Why Buy an Organic Face Mask

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When you have a mask strapped to your face all day, you may begin to wonder what you’re breathing in, on top of the germs you’re trying to block out. After all, some fabrics are chemically treated with dyes, starches, and other elements to make them vibrant or wrinkle-proof – or both. Many of these

Face Mask Brands Trusted by the Medical Community

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Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people have turned towards the use of face masks to cover their mouths and noses. These masks serve as a means of protection from the virus and can prevent carriers or infected individuals from spreading the disease to others in their surroundings. Communities across the world have seen a sudden

Where to Find Face Mask Designs

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As more and more people get into making face masks, designs are becoming more and more creative. With such a high demand, new face mask designs and face mask ideas are popping up online every week, many of them with practical applications such as designs that suit smaller faces or patterns that can be made

Does a Dust Mask Protect Against Coronavirus?

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You’ve probably read a lot recently about different face mask options and wondered if the dust face masks you already have on hand will do the trick. These masks cover the nose and mouth and provide short term respiratory protection against non-toxic nuisance dust and mild irritants. Though usually worn in construction and agricultural job

How to Make No-Sew Face Masks from T-shirts

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COVID-19 is a contagious virus that we are still trying to completely understand. What started in Wuhan, China, only a few months ago quickly spread to the rest of the world, and this pandemic has now infected millions and claimed lives across the globe.  With a vaccine still several months off, we need to rely

Are Air Pollution Masks The Same as Medical Masks or Fabric Ones?

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Thanks to coronavirus, people have begun wearing masks regularly during everyday situations. However, in some parts of the world, masks were common long before the pandemic. While face masks are believed to hinder the spread of the coronavirus and can help stop infected people from transmitting their disease to others, they have long been in use for

Where to Find an Anime Face Mask Online

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Now that everyone is wearing masks to slow the spread of coronavirus across the world, many companies are creating custom masks to meet everyone’s needs and fit their personalities. If you’re into anime and looking for a face mask anime design to express your hobby, there are plenty of places to look online. Etsy Creators

How Can Wearing Face Masks Potentially Protect You from Coronavirus?

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Face masks act as a physical barrier to protect the wearer from viral particles. Individuals have long used face masks for flu protection and to manage pollen allergies on a seasonal basis. With the aggressive spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, to countries and territories worldwide, the use of face masks is becoming more and

How Not to Wear a Face Mask

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By now we all know how important it is to avoid exposure to COVID-19. Since it can spread through sneezes, coughs, and the resulting droplets that may be too small to even see, it’s now recommended that you wear face masks in public and maintain a safe distance from people. To put it simply, you

Finding and Making Your Own High-Quality Masks at Home

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If you’re going to go through the process of buying, making, or wearing face masks, you want to make sure what you’ve got in your hands is going to do the job of protecting yourself and others from infection. After investing all those materials, time, and love, face mask quality is the ultimate goal. Sure,

Where to Find Cloth Face Masks

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The rapid spread of COVID-19 has increased demand for face masks more than the world could ever have imagined. The need for them has surpassed the rate of production so that even though they are now recommended for anyone who ventures out into the community, many are struggling to find as many as they need. 

The Real Reason to Wear a Face Mask

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Masks. They’re just about all anyone can talk about, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the only guaranteed way to manage the virus at this point is not to contract it, it makes sense that protection from it is on the forefront of our minds. There are many preventative measures involved in this; one of

Get a Better-Fitting Face Mask With These Easy Adaptations

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Since the CDC made its recommendation that everyone should wear a face covering when going outside, people have done what they can to get their hands on masks, whether they’re store-bought masks or a DIY face mask. If you are using a homemade face mask, you may wonder what you can do to keep it

What Exactly is a Medical Face Mask?

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COVID-19 has resulted in a true pandemic, and one to which everyone is believed to be susceptible. As a preservative measure, the CDC, the WHO, and governments across the world are urging people to wear a mask as one of many precautions to help prevent the spread of this coronavirus. However, some people still don’t

15 Creative Places to Find Elastic for DIY Face Masks

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You’ve been sewing up a storm, making face masks to protect the people around you. You’re feeling productive in the midst of self-isolation and want to keep up your momentum. Just one problem: As you burn through yards of fabric, you suddenly realize that your supply of elastic for masks (you know, for those very

Choosing the Right Face Mask for the Immunocompromised

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, and ethnicity. However, there are some groups of people who are immunocompromised, and therefore may be more vulnerable to contracting such a virus. For the immunocompromised, the best thing to do right now is take preventative measures like wearing the right face mask

How to Make Face Masks for Kids

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We all want to protect our children from bad things – like accidents and illnesses. With microscopic coronavirus germs making so many people sick, it’s only natural to take steps to shield them from this danger as well. Health officials remind us that homemade masks are merely a stopgap measure to protect people of any

N95, N99, N100 – Which N-Range Mask Do You Need?

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Owing to the recent coronavirus outbreak, people across the globe have turned to masks for protection and safety. This coronavirus has proven deadly in some cases, however, the chance of recovery is also high. Regardless, the best measure to fight the condition is prevention. COVID-19, like all viruses, starts with an extremely small particle. It is

Face Mask Patterns for Any Skill Level

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Whether you sew, knit or crochet – or are learning any of these skills these days – you can use those talents to create face masks by using a variety of patterns for face masks. Many of these patterns are available for free, while some are offered at a discounted rate due to the current

Everything You Need to Know to Create a DIY Face Mask

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In this uncertain time, the World Health Organization and CDC are recommending that if you must go outdoors, you should wear a face covering. Since most medical masks are unavailable to the general public and reserved for doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel that require them during this time, making a homemade face mask is rising in popularity. You

14 Animal-Themed Face Masks to Brighten Your Collection

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The CDC has issued guidelines for people to follow during the pandemic in order to stay safe and healthy. One of those guidelines is to wear a face covering or mask when you’re out and about. This has given many brands and creators the chance to express themselves creatively through mask making, and given the

Surgical Face Masks – An Overview

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Despite the near-constant discussion of them lately, many individuals still don’t have a complete understanding of surgical masks and their purpose. Simply put, a surgical face mask is a piece of protective equipment that creates a physical barrier against airborne particles that can be either hazardous like viruses or irritating like dust.  It covers the

Uncomfortable Face Mask? Try These Adapters

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Maybe you’ve made a mask or two and after wearing them, you’re just not that big a fan. After all, they heat up after you have them on for even a short time. Not to mention, they make it a little hard to breathe and they slip around. And if only your glasses would stop

The Best Fabric to Use for a DIY Face Mask

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You’ve decided to take the leap and make your own fabric face mask. Congratulations! Now, where do you begin? Cloth face masks and fabrics used There are a number of factors to consider, including which fabric mask offers the best protection, best comfort, and, frankly, what is available for you to use. Most sewists prefer

Custom Face Masks – What to Look for and Where to Find Them

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The CDC has now recommended that everyone should be wearing a face mask when they go out into their community, whether it’s a trip to the grocery store or a necessary stop at your doctor’s office. Wearing a face mask can reduce the risk of spreading germs and may keep the coronavirus from spreading more than it

How to Care for Your Washable Face Mask

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Now that health organizations, governments, and territories across the world require citizens to wear a face mask when out in public, we must be aware of how to handle face masks safely, how to use them, and just as importantly, how to care for them. Mastering these three things will help secure our health and