These masks change color when you’re wearing them correctly

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The TEAL respirator is clear, reusable, and lights up when it’s fully flush with your face. The science shows that face masks are a key tool in mitigating the COVID crisis. But their effectiveness depends in part on how well they fit, and it can be hard to tell if you have done it right when you put it on. A new mask helps you know, by using sensors that send data to a smartphone app that change the color of heat-sensitive dots when the mask is properly positioned. 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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When this mask wears out, you can send it back to be recycled—and compost the filter

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The first mask from Masuku doesn’t need to fit tightly to block particles, so it’s more comfortable to wear. Four years ago, long before the pandemic made masks ubiquitous, a U.K.-based startup called Masuku began developing a better face mask to help filter out pollution in smoggy cities. Masks on the market weren’t necessarily comfortable or breathable; they also weren’t sustainable. Read Full Story

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A four-part plan to wearing a mask all summer

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Wearing a mask is uncomfortable enough already. What happens when the heat and humidity skyrocket? Summer is around the corner, and here in Boston we’ve already had a few warm days. When that happens, it feels like everybody in my neighborhood rushes out the door to soak in the sunshine. The CDC now recommends—and many states mandate—that people wear cloth masks in public places where social distancing isn’t possible. As a result, the parks and trails are now packed with people wearing a rainbow of colorful face coverings. Read Full Story

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You can now buy one of Japan’s most popular face masks (yes, it’s from Uniqlo)

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Uniqlo’s triple-layer AIRism face mask is wildly popular in Japan. Here’s why. When the AIRism face mask dropped in mid-June in Japan, the retailer experienced winding lines of patrons queuing up to buy it. In fact, the launch was so anticipated that Uniqlo’s website crashed due to the high demand. The hype surrounding it was like that of a Yeezy sneaker launch or a chance to score tickets to Hamilton in 2017. Read Full Story

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Most masks feel awful. LG’s breathable mask might finally change that

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It may just be the perfect COVID-19 mask. And don’t be surprised when countless other gadget makers follow suit. As COVID-19 continues to spread in the U.S., masks have become a hot commodity. We’ve seen masks that are cheap . Masks that are reusable and easy to sterilize. And even masks that let you drink . But slowly, it seems that big consumer technology companies are realizing the potential market at play and starting to introduce a new wave of innovative masks with the same enticing features of any must-have gadget. 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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Yes, cloth masks impede speech. For teachers and other public speakers, try these instead

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An acoustics researcher evaluated teachers in classrooms as they wore fabric masks, surgical masks, or N95 masks. You know how fabric is often used to absorb sound? Think of the acoustic draperies in theaters, or when you pull the covers over your head. Now that we’re all wearing masks, it’s worth applying this understanding to our faces, and realizing that, yes, putting two or three layers of fabric in front of our mouths muffles the heck out of our speech. This is the conclusion of a new acoustics study that was presented this week at the annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Read Full Story

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You’re organizing your face masks wrong. Here are 6 ways to stop losing them

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Here’s your ultimate guide to mask storage and laundering, so you stop losing them. Here’s some news you may not yet be ready to process: Masks are here to stay. Yep. For real. Which means you need to acknowledge this new reality, and address the mask chaos brewing at your home with an organization system, just like you do with your keys and phone and bags. Otherwise you’ll find yourself frantically unable to locate a clean mask when running out the door, or worse, unable to enter a store or meeting because your “mask” pocket is maskless. Here are six ways to organize them—none of which involve baskets, bowls, or piles: Read Full Story

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Uniqlo’s best-selling AIRism face mask has a new design and colors

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This Fast Company editor favorite is breathable, washable, form-fitting—and now, more comfortable than ever. I spend a large portion of my week projecting behind a mask. I am by no means a frontline worker, but when in a socially distanced classroom, where students are at least six feet apart, lecturing very, very loudly and clearly has become a newly acquired skill. That said, I’ve been through a multitude of masks to find one that offers supreme protection, but also keeps me from sounding like Charlie Brown’s mom. And none come close to Uniqlo’s AIRism ones . Read Full Story

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