Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 20 September 2020

Face brackets: cheap contraption makes wearing a face mask all day more comfortable

The solution is available to buy in the UAE and costs just Dh25

American teacher Angie Madden has advised people who have to wear a face mask all day to buy face brackets for comfort. Facebook /  Angie Madden 
American teacher Angie Madden has advised people who have to wear a face mask all day to buy face brackets for comfort. Facebook /  Angie Madden 

Mandatory face masks are a reality in many countries across the world.

And, while they may not be the most comfortable of items for all-day use, the majority of people have accepted and embraced them, both for their own safety and that of others.

Now, one woman in the US has shared a hack for making wearing one all day a little more comfortable, encouraging teachers in particular to use the tip, which is a face bracket.

The simple plastic device is available to buy in the UAE, and costs Dh25 for a pack of three on amazon.ae.

Watch the video here:

Georgia teacher Angie Madden took to Facebook to share the tip. "To all my teacher friends, I ordered the coolest thing on Amazon ... You stick it on your face and you put your mask on. When you wear it, it keeps your mask off your face," she explained in the video.

She pointed out that this means you can hear people wearing face masks "more clearly".

"I’m not breathing my mask in and my mask doesn’t move off my face. I wore it all day. I didn’t have any issues. It looks really weird but it’s amazing.”

The plastic bracket simply fits under a standard mask, resting on your skin across the nose and mouth.

The video has since gone viral, and has been shared more than 300,000 times since it was posted on August 22.

Madden spoke to Today, saying: "We started school 10 days ago and it has been such a relief to be able to talk and not suck in the mask."

In her video, she focuses on teachers, but she adds that anyone can benefit from the hack.

"One of the other reasons that I bought it is my husband works in a plant and it can get very noisy, so in order for him to talk to people he would pull his mask down. I’m worried for him since he’s diabetic and is in a high-risk group," she said, adding: "I hope it helps all kinds of people."

Updated: September 9, 2020 05:59 PM

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