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What is a mask valve, and why are cities banning them?

“Valves on facemasks look intriguing and pretty RAD. However, if you want to protect those around you, this feature may not be what the doctor ordered.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


Many cities are requiring that masks be worn in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may be seeing masks with valves being sold locally or advertised on your favorite social media feeds. If you’re like me, your reaction might be that the valve feature looks kind of cool and possibly more comfortable than other mask styles. However, as you’ll discover in this short piece by Mark Wilson for FASTCoMPANY, this type of mask may not be the best choice for being considerate and protecting those around you.

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