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As health officials continue to urge people to wear masks in public, a dentist in Canada has shared a genius hack for making face masks fit better.

Olivia Cui typically shares dental health tips and offers entertaining insight on what its like working as a dentist on TikTok. But late last month she posted a 60-second clipshowing that with loose-fitting surgical masks “the sides of your face are left very exposed to the outside.”

To make the mask fit more snugly, Cui folds the mask in half length-ways, ties a knot with the earloops on each side close to the mask, opens the mask, and tucks in the openings on the sides underneath the earloops.

“In absence of N95s, this might be a good alternative,” Cui said. 

On TikTok, videos of celebrities, athletes and influencers encouraging viewers to wear face coverings with #WearAMask have more than 1.5 billion views. In one, science educator Bill Nye explains why the public is being urged to wear masks calling it “a matter literally of life and death.”

“So the reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you, sure. But the main reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect me from you, and the particles from your respiratory system from getting into my respiratory system,” Nye said. “So when you’re out in public, please wear a mask.”

Cui’s video has racked up more than 3.4 million views and many comments thanking her for the creative tip. This is not the first time Cui has shared this particular mask hack, but this version may have gotten more attention after being shared by Katie Couric and Kristen Bell.

Cui has also shared tips on how to prevent your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask.

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As coronavirus cases continue rise in many sates and have surpassed 3 million in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people cloth face coverings in public in addition to social distancing and hand washing. Many businesses and states now require people to wear face coverings in public. 

Follow N’dea Yancey-Bragg on Twitter: @NdeaYanceyBragg


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