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Dentist shares VERY simple trick to make disposable face masks ‘more protective’

A healthy hack! Dentist shares VERY simple trick to make disposable face masks ‘more protective’

  • Dr. Olivia Cui, DMD, from Canada, posted an instructional video on TikTok showing her ‘mask hack’ that makes ‘an ordinary mask more protective’
  • She tied the ear loops close to the mask on both sides, giving it a more hollow shape
  • Then she tucked the remaining openings behind the buttons to close the openings
  • The video has been viewed millions of times and has been shared by Kristen Bell and Katie Couric

A Canadian dentist has shared a really clever – and easy – trick to make disposable surgical masks even more effective.

Dr. Olivia Cui, DMD, posted an instructional video on TikTok showing her ‘mask hack’ that makes ‘an ordinary mask more protective’.

With a few quick knots and some easy maneuvering, Dr. Cui shows you how to close the opening that can form on both sides of the mask to prevent more particles from getting in and out.

Smart! Dr. Olivia Cui, DMD posted an instructional video on TikTok showing her 'mask hack' making 'an ordinary mask more protective'

Smart! Dr. Olivia Cui, DMD posted an instructional video on TikTok showing her ‘mask hack’ making ‘an ordinary mask more protective’

“As you can see, the sides of your face are very exposed on the outside,” she says

She instructs viewers to fold their masks lengthways and then tie each earloop into a knot on both sides

She instructs viewers to fold their masks lengthways and then tie each earloop into a knot on both sides

The knot should come as close as possible to the mask itself, leaving enough loop for the ears

The knot should come as close as possible to the mask itself, leaving enough loop for the ears

First, she instructs viewers to fold their masks lengthways and then tie each earloop in a knot on both sides

In a voiceover, Dr. Tell people to start washing their hands, as germs and bacteria can be transferred from the hands to the mask.

Then she puts on her disposable surgical mask and turns her head to reveal holes on the sides.

“As you can see, the sides of your face are very exposed on the outside,” she says.

To fix this, she instructs viewers to fold their masks in half lengthwise and then tie each earloop into a knot on both sides.

The knot should come as close as possible to the mask itself, leaving enough loop for the ears.

“This is a great trick for anyone with smaller faces,” because you have a better fitting mask, “she notes.

She unfolds the mask and shows that it is now more of a bowl shape - but there are small openings at the ends at the buttons of the earloop

She unfolds the mask and shows that it is now more of a bowl shape - but there are small openings at the ends at the buttons of the earloop

Next step: she tucks the openings under the ear loops to close them and finally puts the pinched mask on her face

Next step: she tucks the openings under the ear loops to close them and finally puts the pinched mask on her face

Next step: she tucks the openings under the ear loops to close them and finally puts the pinched mask on her face

“Without N95s, this might be a good alternative,” she says

The mask does not open, so fewer particles can get in or out

The mask does not open, so fewer particles can get in or out

“This is a great trick for anyone with smaller faces,” because you have a better fitting mask, “she notes

Distribution: Dr.'s video Cui has gone viral, with 3.4 million views since being posted on TikTok June 22

Distribution: Dr.'s video Cui has gone viral, with 3.4 million views since being posted on TikTok June 22

Distribution: Dr.’s video Cui has gone viral, with 3.4 million views since being posted on TikTok June 22

Then she unfolds the mask and shows that it is now more of a bowl shape – but there are small openings at the ends at the buttons of the earloop.

Here she tucks the gaps under the ear loops to close them and finally puts the pinched mask on her face.

“Without N95s, this might be a good alternative,” she says.

Dr. Cui’s video has gone viral, with 3.4 million views since it was posted on TikTok June 22.

It has collected even more views on Instagram, where Katie Couric, Kristen Bell and others have shared the trick.

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