Do kids need face masks? Yes, and here are the 8 best options we found

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These masks are comfortable, washable, and come in adorable prints your kids might actually want to wear Masks are an incredibly easy way to help prevent the spread of disease (namely, COVID-19)—but it’s not always easy to get everyone in your household to wear one. We’re looking at you, kiddos. The CDC advises that children over the age of 2 wear a mask when they cannot maintain adequate distance from another person—because even if your child isn’t ill, they can still transmit viruses. That’s why we’ve found eight different (fun) face masks made specifically for kids that make it just that much easier to get them on board with face coverings. Each of these kids masks is reusable, well-fitting, and perfectly printed and colored to your kids’ liking. Read Full Story

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Six face masks that are well made and available right now

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Whether you’re looking for silk or cotton, prints or solid colors, these face masks make everyday PPE easy Over the course of the past two months, you’ve probably fashioned some sort of face mask that has allowed you to venture outside while meeting CDC recommendations for cloth face coverings. But if your experience has been similar to mine, you’ve realized that the homemade masks we’ve devised out of hair ties and cut-up tshirts and bandanas aren’t going to cut it for the long run. So, it’s time to invest in well-made, reusable, non-medical face masks. It’s just a matter of finding the right ones. Though much of what’s for sale online is questionably made or completely sold out (before the pre-sale even ends), there are still plenty of reputable brands offering cloth face masks that are durable—and stylish—enough for everyday wear. These are eight you can buy right now. Read …

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How to get your kid to wear a mask

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We talk to a pediatrician with experience getting kids to do things they’re afraid of. Several weeks ago, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation that everyone over the age of two wear masks in public, my husband and I got a mask for my four-year-old daughter. We bought a cotton one with a pink flowery pattern that abides by the guidelines that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued to “securely cover the nose and mouth and stretch from before the ear to the other side.” Read Full Story

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This science-backed face mask made by an MIT-founded fashion brand is the best we’ve found yet

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Looking for a mask? Ministry of Supply has a Nelson Labs-certified filtrating mask that puts your cotton bandanna to shame. As restrictions begin to loosen in the coming weeks, getting “back out there” is going to look a little different. Companies including Uber and JetBlue are requiring masks for all passengers, while places like Washington, D.C., and L.A. have mandated wearing them in grocery stores. That’s not to mention city- and statewide ordinances that mandate that anyone who is outside—for any reason—must wear a mask. Plus, it’s the CDC’s official recommendation . While homemade bandanna and T-shirt masks were great in a pinch (and technically pass regulations), we’re betting you and health experts would both prefer something robust as the world reopens. And while some masks made by fashion and shoe companies are very stylish, it’s hard to tell what’s actually effective from what’s just aesthetic. Read Full Story

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Wearing a mask? Apple will soon make Face ID less annoying if you want to unlock your iPhone

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The next iOS beta lets you skip Face ID and head straight to passcode entry. Apple is making a slight tweak to the process of unlocking newer iPhones with a mask on. Although Face ID is still unusable while wearing a mask, the latest beta version of iOS 13 jumps directly to the passcode screen if you swipe up while your face is covered, 9to5Mac reports . Read Full Story

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Macho ads that promote mask-wearing are a thing now

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How do you get manly mountain men to wear masks? Compare it to bowhunting. What will it take to get macho men to wear masks? A recent study by U.C. Berkeley and Middlesex University London found that men are more likely to go out without a mask because they find them uncool, shameful, and a sign of weakness. Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, whose constituents include many fishermen and snowboarders, has some ideas about how to win them over. He has shared a new statewide ad campaign that uses humor to nudge all-American men to wear masks. Read Full Story

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These transparent face masks could make our interactions a little less awkward

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Face masks will be here for a while. One company is trying to make them more humane. If you’re looking for a face mask, options abound. But whether it’s leopard print, splashed with your team’s logo, or the standard blue medical variety, all of these opaque masks have one problem in common: they cover half of your facial expressions. They’re challenging for the deaf community , not great for babies’ development , and can be dehumanizing. Read Full Story

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AI trained on fake faces could help fix a big annoyance with mask wearing

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Smartphone makers are using images of CGI faces to help your device’s ID recognition work even when you’re wearing a mask. Last March, when we all started wearing masks, phone makers suddenly had a big problem. The facial recognition systems used to authenticate users on their phones no longer worked. The AI models that powered them couldn’t recognize users’ faces because they’d been trained using images of only unmasked faces. The unique identifiers they’d been trained to look for were suddenly hidden. Read Full Story

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