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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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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We should all wear masks now

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The CDC is poised to tell everyone to wear a cloth mask in public. Here’s why. A little over a month ago, after the first community-spread cases of COVID-19 were reported near Seattle, U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams tweeted a message to the American public: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!” The standard advice of the WHO and the CDC was the same—people shouldn’t be wearing masks unless they were already infected with the coronavirus or caring for someone with the disease. But now the CDC is expected to change its guidance to say that all people should wear cloth masks in public. Read Full Story

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The 4 best masks you can make yourself

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The CDC is expected to recommend that all Americans wear masks in public. Here’s how to make the most effective mask possible, using stuff you have lying around the house. My husband has been making weekly grocery runs to buy food for our family. Until now, the only precaution he has taken has been to bring plenty of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to clean the shopping cart and his hands. But as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases goes up in Boston, where we live, we wonder whether it’s time for him to make his own mask and wear it the next time he ventures out. Read Full Story

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Scientists reveal an alarming unintended consequence of wearing masks

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You should absolutely wear a mask in public. But experts agree—be careful it doesn’t make you feel invincible. The science is certain at this point : Wearing a mask can help reduce the likelihood of being infected with COVID-19. But masks alone are far from perfect. Over the past two weeks, as masks have gone from optional to mandatory in many states, I’ve noticed a shift in behavior. I’ve seen people wearing masks at small get-togethers and people wearing masks in stores—all without observing the six feet of social distancing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read Full Story

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How UV sanitizers work—and why you should invest in one for your phone, keys, and wallet

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Time to build your germ-fighting arsenal As we get back out into the world, staying safe and diligent looks like more than wearing a mask. And while wearing microbe-destroying metal jackets is still a long ways off for most of us, investing in small tools that can make a big difference in not coming into contact with germs is an attainable (and smart) next step. 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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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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