Editor's note, March 8, 2023: The recommendations provided in this article are out of date and will not be updated going forward. These picks were the best options available at the time, but you may find some of these options have either changed or are no longer available. Please refer to the CDC and WHO, linked above, for current masking guidelines.
We're not in the most contagious parts of the pandemic anymore, but COVID-19 and its variants are still out there, so you may still be doing everything you can to keep yourself protected from the virus. One way that's helped a lot is wearing a face mask. If you're looking for a new face covering, consider switching to a clear mask.
There are plenty of benefits to a clear face mask, including allowing others to see your facial expressions, but one of the biggest is that they help to facilitate communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing by allowing them to read your lips.
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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 COVID 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, which the seller should list.
- 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.
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Genovega, an Amazon seller, has face masks with a clear window. The masks come in packs of six.
Walmart has a variety of clear face mask styles designed for the deaf and hard of hearing.
ClearMask sells clear face masks in bundles starting at 24 masks for $77. The masks are anti-fog and they're designed for single use only.
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