Secure the Mask That Is Too Loose With Two Knots

Any mask – even surgical or cloth – should fit snugly around the face. But since many masks have slits on the sides, here’s a quick trick to help you fit better.

I learned this from TikTok (shared by Katie Couric on Instagram) from a dentist called Dr. Olivia. Here is her demo :

To learn more about how to properly fit your mask, watch the video below:

You need a little slack in the earloops, so this trick works best for smaller faces, but it looks like this:

  1. Fold the mask horizontally to connect the two corners with a single earloop.
  2. Tie a knot as close to the mask as possible.
  3. Tuck the resulting dot inside the mask that closes the gap.

I tie knots behind the ears if the mask is too big (for me or for my kids), but that doesn’t solve the gap issue. It does.


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