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As we’ve already approached the second anniversary COVID-19 pandemic (lol, remember whipped coffee?), it’s more important than ever to remain diligent.
After what we saw with the highly contagious Omicron variant — cases skyrocketing and ICUs filling up seemingly out of nowhere when things seemed stable — wearing a quality protective face mask (a surgical mask, N95 mask or double-masking with a fabric mask) is the easiest way to protect yourself, second only to getting vaccinated.
When it comes to wearing protective face masks, they must fit correctly. That means the mask sits snugly under your chin while covering your nose and mouth, leaving no gaps for air to escape. If you need a good visual, check out this infographic from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The thing is, most adult surgical masks are one size. This meant that both my 5’2″, small-faced self and my 6’4″ boyfriend were buying the same box of masks. While they fit his face snug as a bug, I resorted to clipping the ear loops under my ponytail to my baseball cap and making little knots with the ear loops. It was a pain.
Before you ask if all child-sized face masks will fit small adult faces, the answer is no. I had to try about four different brands of surgical masks to find my Goldilocks box, the BLScode Disposable Kids Face Protective Masks. They are not too small and not too big, but just right and snug.
Amazon shoppers agree that these masks are great for both children and big kids (read: adults) with small faces. “Even though it is made for kids, it actually fit my face fine,” wrote one shopper. “The straps are pretty sturdy and seem to be durable even after hours of playtime from my son. It never feels too tight, and the surface that comes into contact with your face feels fairly soft and non-abrasive.”
Another adult-sized reviewer wrote, “I got this for my teen daughters and wife, all of who have unusually small faces and have a hard time wearing adult masks. They say the fit is just right and that they are easy to breathe through.”
If you liked this story, check out the best fabric face masks that shoppers say are perfect for double-masking.
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