Surgical face masks appear to be one of the best ways to stop the spread of respiratory droplets. They can also be problematic when it comes to a snug fit, with wearers often noticing gaps on the side of their faces.
Enter a simple hack to improve the fit.
Two viral videos from two dentists demonstrating the same technique during the coronavirus pandemic have received millions of views online.
Dr. Olivia Cui, a dentist in suburban Calgary, Alberta, posted her tutorial on TikTok:
Dr. Rabeeh Bahrampourian, a dentist New South Wales, Australia, showed the hack on YouTube:
Here’s what you need to do:
Start with clean hands — always wash them before handling a new mask (and after taking off a used one).
Fold the mask in half, lengthwise, so that the bottom and top strip are edge-to-edge.
Take one ear loop and make a knot as close as possible