Dentist Olivia Cuid, MD, shared a new hack for making your surgical mask fit better.
She demonstrated the trick in a TikTok video that quickly went viral.
The video was shared and reposted by both Katie Couric and Kristen Bell.
Wearing a mask in public is basically the norm these days (or at least, it should be). But let's be real, surgical masks aren't perfect. Namely, they can have a loose fit and allow potentially infected particles to get to your nose and mouth.
Well, dentist Olivia Cuid, MD, has a hack for making surgical masks fit better over your face, and it’s genius. (BTW: This can work for cloth face masks, too.)
Cuid shared the hack in a TikTok that’s already racked up 395,000 views. With a surgical-style mask, “the sides of your face are left very exposed to the outside,” Cuid points out. So, she recommends this trick:
Fold your mask in half
Tie a knot with the ear loops on each side as close as possible to the mask
Open up your mask
There will be a little opening on the sides next to the ear loop, so tuck that in underneath the ear loops on each side
Wear your (better-fitting) mask
“In absence of N95s, this might be a good alternative,” Cuid says, showing how the mask fits well against her face.
People low-key freaked in the comments. “Wait this is so helpful thank you for sharing!!” one wrote. “What a clever idea,” another said. “Me and my pea head thank you!” someone else chimed in.
Ask and you shall receive! I posted this on my stories earlier but so many of you asked that I post it here as well.😊😷 Thank you @tt_cui for sharing this easy tutorial for how to make a loose mask fit securely on your face! #helpfultips #wearamask #covid19 #besafe
A post shared by Katie Couric (@katiecouric) on Jul 7, 2020 at 10:00am PDT
FWIW: Cuid is a really great online resource for dental health tips and she even throws in some hilarious content here and there. Case in point:
BRB: Gotta go work on some masks... .
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