Dentist shows how to make loose rectangular face masks fit you better

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Face masks are currently compulsory on public transport with the government warning passengers they will be refused travel without one.

The benefits of face masks has been one of the most highly debated topics since the outbreak of coronavirus, but a new study has claimed wearing one can reduce your chance of transmitting the virus by 65 per cent.

With many services and amenities beginning to reopen which also require masks for customers, many people are wearing single-use rectangular surgical masks that can often be loose fitting, especially on the side of the face.

Poorly fitting masks can decrease the effectiveness in stopping airborne particles from potentially infecting others, and a dentist has now revealed an incredibly simple hack to help improve the fit.

In a video uploaded to TikTok, dentist Dr Olivia shared a short instructional video titled: “How to make a regular mask more protective.”

She puts the mask on and points out the gaps at the side of her face and underneath, saying it leaves the areas “very exposed to the outside”.

After washing your hands, she recommends folding your mask in half lengthways, before taking the elastic which goes around your ear on one side and tying a knot as close to the corners of the mask as possible.

Repeat it on the other side and open the mask back up, tucking in the small gaps created by the knot in the elastic on either end.

Dr Olivia then reapplies the mask to her face, showing it to have a far more effective circular fit than previously. You can see the full video of how it’s done above.

She says: “This is a great trick for anyone with smaller faces because you will have a better fitted mask.

“You will see that it’s nice and fitted to my face all around.”

The clip has had more than 3.4 million views as people praised her for sharing the handy hack.

One commented to say: “Wait this is so helpful thank you for sharing!!”

Another said: “I really needed this, thank you.”

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