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The Best Transparent Face Masks Currently On The Market 

Now that the world has been enduring the Covid-19 pandemic for six months, many of us have found ways of creating some normalcy within our new standards of living. Mask-wearing and facial coverings in general have become the biggest “new normal” we’ve all had to adjust to and many brands have taken it upon themselves to create as many types of masks as possible, so everyone can feel comfortable. 

Transparent masks have recently risen in popularity especially among individuals who may be hard of hearing or who rely on lip reading to communicate with one another. For a while, the only way to get a mask that would show your mouth and still offer the same level of protection as a standard face mask would be to make it. Now, plenty of brands have jumped on the opportunity to be more inclusive in their mask options. Here are some of the most popular transparent masks on the market today: 

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The EvaFAST 5-Piece Clear Window Mask: These “window masks” from EvaFast come in dozens of cool patterns, colors, and designs to fit anyone’s personal style. They come in packs of 5 for just $14, so you’ll have plenty of variety to choose from throughout the week. The masks themselves are made with a breathable material and adjustable ear straps that are soft for those with more sensitive skin. 

The Futomcop 5-Piece Clear Window Mask: Futomcop releases a line of minimalistic, colorful gingham transparent masks just in time for autumn. The masks themselves have a very large triangular clear panel to allow maximum lip-viewing. The wearer’s mouth will be visible regardless of if it’s open or closed, and the picnic-cloth patterns give off the perfect cottage core vibes for fall. These masks come in a pack of 4 for $15. 

Ellasbow See Through Mask: These masks are sold on Etsy for $12. The fabric of the masks are made with multiple layers to ensure it’s tightly adhered to your face. Reviewers claim the vinyl panel and elastic straps allow for ultimate comfort, and plenty of lip visibility. 

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Sachika Boutique Anti-Fog Clear Face Mask: This mask is a little more pricey at $17, however, it takes the idea of a transparent face mask to the next level. The entire mask is transparent, and once it’s secured on your face you’ll notice you have plenty of room within the mask so it doesn’t feel like it’s suffocating you. The vinyl is anti-fog, which works to keep the mask clear while also preventing any germs from entering. 

Geoaxaral Treasures Visual Face Mask With Eye Shield: This incredibly unique mask from Etsy retails for $15, and is one of the only face masks on the market that has a clear eye shield attached to it, allowing for ultimate face protection. 

Xiaojmake 5-piece Face Masks with Transparent Windows: This mask’s claim to fame is its extremely minimal design and simple color options. For those who don’t want to think so much about which patterned mask matches which outfit the most, Xiaojmake offers a line of solid colored clear face masks. They retail for $15 for a pack of 5. 

Baby Jack and Company Children’s Smile Window Mask: Finally, for the kids, Baby Jack has created a line of fun kid-themed  transparent masks for all of your little ones to enjoy. They’re one of the first companies to create masks for kids with “smile windows” to allow for ultimate lip reading. The masks come in a variety of designs and patterns that include jungle animals, unicorns, space, and more! They retail for $10.  

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Scientists Offer Advice On What To Look For In A Face Mask

Face masks have become a mandatory addition to everyone’s wardrobe as the world continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, the overall scientific consensus is that face masks are the simplest way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing cloth face covering to protect yourself when in public. However, as the pandemic continues to grow and new information is released in terms of health and safety procedures, some are confused as to the best means of wearing a mask in public. So what do you need to know?

Unless you’re under the age of 2, have a medical condition, or are able to stand at least 6 feet away from other people, you should be wearing a mask at all times according to the guidelines released by the CDC and WHO. Respiratory droplets – tiny bits of spit and other materials that are expelled from your mouth – have been confirmed as the main means of transmitting Covid-19 from person-to-person.

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If you’re carrying the virus, it can attach itself easily to these droplets and thus easily spread throughout the air once expelled. A mask literally physically blocks those droplets from leaving the vicinity of your mouth. Obviously, one could still contract the virus through touch as well, but by covering your mouth, you’re reducing your risk substantially.

In the argument over disposable or reusable masks, you really can’t go wrong, but if you go the reusable route, make sure the material is thick enough to actually block any droplets from spreading. Disposable masks should only be worn once, which isn’t the best for the environment, however, many agree that the disposable surgical masks are much easier to breathe in when compared to a cloth mask; it’s really a matter of preference.

According to scientists who performed a study testing the best materials to make reusable masks out of, they found that it was less about the type of fabric, and more about the quality of it. Higher quality fabrics have a tighter weave and thicker thread, so they do a much better job at containing any droplets or germs. However, as mentioned cloth masks can tend to be less breathable when compared to the disposable ones.

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“A rule of thumb, hold the material up to a bright light. Look at the light coming through the fabric. If it outlines individual fibers and you can see the light through fabric, it’s probably not as effective. The less of that you can see, the better the filter,” said Dr. Scott Segal.

Researchers also found that two layers of masks are better than one, and three does a better job than two, in fact, in their specific guidelines the WHO recommends a minimum of three layers, so many mask manufacturers have begun implementing that rule into their production. Again, breath-ability is a factor so if you’re making the mask yourself, don’t go overboard with the layering to the point that you can barely breathe, and follow Segal’s rule of thumb in terms of light.

There are many types of masks as well on the market. The most effective ones must cover both your nose and mouth, and form a rather snug fit along the edges. Professional grade masks like the N95 respirator are the only guaranteed means of getting a mask with a proper seal along the edge, however, a perfect fit is not a requirement as long as your mouth and nose remain covered.
Regardless of what type of mask you own, the most important thing to remember is to always wear it when out in public. Continue to listen to the nation’s healthcare professionals and guidelines brought on by the CDC and WHO.

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Tim Cook Says Apple Will Donate ‘Millions Of Masks’ To Healthcare Organizations

Tim Cook, the CEO of major tech company Apple, recently tweeted that the corporation will be donating millions of masks to healthcare professionals in the United States and Europe within the following weeks. This effort is a part of the overall initiative to slow the spread of this virus and keep it as contained as possible. 

Vice President Mike Pence also confirmed the collaboration with Apple, along with other multi-billion dollar corporations, that would provide healthcare materials to the brave men and women working in our hospitals everyday to combat this disease. 

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“The president and I literally heard directly from Apple that they’re donating 2 million industrial masks to this effort around the country and working with our administration to distribute those,” Pence said at a White House press briefing.

“Our teams at Apple have been working to help source supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19. We’re donating millions of masks for health professionals in the US and Europe. To every one of the heroes on the front lines, we thank you,” Tim Cook tweeted

It’s unclear where the 2 million masks will be coming from and why that number was arrived at specifically, but we do know that the demand for supplies like masks has never been higher worldwide. However, the inventory of supplies does not nearly match the level of demand for them, which is why billion dollar companies such as Apple need to be using their vast amount of resources to benefit the general public. 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote a release that he sent to all of his employees this past weekend in which he stated that “masks remain in short supply globally, but the company has placed purchase orders for millions of face masks we want to give to our employees and contractors who cannot work from home, but very few of those orders have been filled.”

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The specific masks that are being distributed most frequently are the N95 respirators, as they are disposable, close-fitting, and are advertised to keep any trace amounts of virus-laden droplets away from the wearers mouth or nose. However, it’s important to note that masks are not the most effective way to prevent the spreading of this virus, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even have claimed that the mask’s effectiveness is dependent on the way it fits the wearer. 

Vice President Pence announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, however, as previously stated, it’s still unclear as to where the masks will be coming from and when they would be available to healthcare providers/the general public. 

Mask shortages, however, is a major issue for doctors, nurses, and anyone else working within a healthcare profession. Some are being forced to use less-effective homemade masks when treating patients, while others are opting not to use one at all. While certain government agencies have claimed that medical professionals will be given access to fresh medical supplies soon, the uncertainty of it all is more than unsettling during times of a pandemic. 

While certain companies and private investors, such as Tesla owner Elon Musk, have personally donated as many supplies as they could, the public shouldn’t have to rely on the likes of big businesses and the world’s richest billionaires to provide basic supplies during a time where human rights and healthcare need to be at top priority; as they always should.