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If you find yourself missing the notion of casual human connection like seeing a stranger's friendly smile when you are in public, you can change how you appear to people by using a clear face mask or some type of transparent face covering. As the coronavirus has led to face masks becoming mandatory in a growing number of public places and states, clear face masks, face shields and other "sneeze guards" that put a barrier between yourself and other people are becoming popular choices.
The best clear masks allow for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to read your lips more easily, so they are useful for far more than just showing off your pretty smile.
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What to know about buying a clear face mask
Note that it hasn't been determined if clear face masks are as effective at preventing the spread of the coronavirus as other materials, though sturdy face shields are often used by medical professionals in addition to other face masks.Look for masks that are fog-free -- the seller should list that.It needs to be durable enough to wash, or you'll buy disposable masks in packs.The mask needs to be breathable.The mask should wrap around your nose and chin, and be snug enough to prevent gaps.If you sneeze in the mask, wash it as soon as possible because there's no cloth to absorb the debris.
Etsy store ZarasCreative is selling anti-fog clear face masks. The store notes to wash the masks with cold water and hang to dry. We recommend drying in direct sunlight.
Reyo, an Amazon seller, is selling face masks with a clear panel. The masks come in different styles and designs.
ClearMask sells clear face masks in bundles starting at 24 masks for $67. The masks are anti-fog and they're designed for single use only.
Leaf Mask face masks are rated N99 and completely clear. The masks are also FDA-registered, have a permanent anti-fog coating and an active carbon filter. Leaf says the masks can withstand UV light sterilization.
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