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Here's where to buy clear face masks in 2020

Transparent face masks make reading lips easier and allow your facial expressions to shine through.

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, lip reading is easier when people are wearing clear masks and other transparent face coverings. That's just one important benefit that could happen if clear face masks become more popular to wear in public to slow the rate of transmission of coronavirus-- it could also help facilitate more emotional connections between others at a time when facial expressions are obscured.

Read more: 7 face mask myths debunked: What to know about coverings, COVID-19 and your health

What to know about buying a clear face mask

Note that it hasn't been determined if clear face masks are as effective at preventing the spread of the coronavirus as other materials, though sturdy face shields are often used by medical professionals in addition to other face masks.

  • Look for masks that are fog-free, the seller should list that.
  • It needs to be durable enough to wash, or you'll need to buy disposable masks in packs.
  • The mask needs to be breathable.
  • The mask should wrap around your nose and chin, and be snug enough to prevent gaps.
  • If you sneeze in the mask, wash it as soon as possible because there's no cloth to absorb the droplets.

Read more: Best hand soap to fight germs, from cheap to luxury

Etsy

Etsy store QualityHomemade sells face masks with clear panels. The store notes that the masks do fog up, but offers solutions on the page.

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Etsy

Etsy store ZarasCreative sells anti-fog clear face masks. The store notes to wash the masks with cold water and hang to dry. We recommend drying in direct sunlight.

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Amazon

Reyo, an Amazon seller, is selling face masks with a clear panel. The masks come in different styles and designs.

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Amazon

Ruziyoog, an Amazon seller, has face masks with a clear window. The masks come in packs of four.

Sell all clear face masks at Amazon.

Walmart

Walmart has a variety of clear face mask styles designed for the deaf and hard of hearing.

ClearMask

ClearMask sells clear face masks in bundles starting at 24 masks for $67. The masks are anti-fog and they're designed for single use only.

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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.