February 27, 2021
Consumers can buy a special mask brace, but they're relatively expensive: for example, Fix the Mask sell a two-pack of silicone braces (designed by a former Apple engineer) for $30. The company offers a downloadable template for making a DIY brace from a rubber sheet... if you have such material around your house.
But you can make a brace on a budget, from three rubber bands and a paperclip, as demonstrated by doctors led by Daniel Runde in Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open. The study concluded that the 'double eights mask brace' "does not create an N95 equivalent in terms of filtration" but "would offer improved protection from airborne viruses when worn with a basic surgical mask."
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