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One of the most annoying parts about wearing a mask, other than the facial swamp it creates and the sense of claustrophobia it can induce, is the plain difficulty of communicating.

“Mmblgffhhhrr” isn’t the easiest answer, question or comment to understand, and people who have to communicate as part of their jobs have found the masks more than merely annoying: They impede work.

But one teacher has been championing a device that takes care of that issue. A retired Marine staff sergeant and current teacher, Angie Madden knows how to get things done.

She posted a video on Facebook with her valuable PSA that has been shared over 300,000 times — proving that her information has been well-received.

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“Teacher tip for all my teacher friends!” she shared on Aug. 21. “You have got to get one of these!!”

“To all my teacher friends, look — I ordered the coolest thing on Amazon. … You stick it on your face, and you put your mask on … and when you wear it, it keeps your mask off your face,” she says in the video.

“So you can hear me clearly, and I’m not breathing my mask in, and my mask doesn’t move off my face. … I wore it all day. I didn’t have any issues. … It looks really weird, but it’s amazing.”

The plastic insert works to keep the fabric away from your lips, allowing you to talk and breathe much more clearly.

In an update on the device, Madden confirmed that it has continued to prove useful.

“We started school 10 days ago and it has been such a relief to be able to talk and not suck in the mask,” she told NBC’s “Today” show.

“One of the other reasons that I bought it is my husband works in a plant and it can get very noisy, so in order for him to talk to people he would pull his mask down.”

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“I’m worried for him since he’s diabetic and is in a high-risk group.”

Known as a “mask bracket” or “mask frame,” the item is now available in many places, including (of course) Amazon.

According to at least one doctor, the device is fine to wear — as long as it doesn’t bump the mask out too far, causing gaps.

“If the position of the mask around the nose, cheeks and chin is good, then a silicone mask insert should maintain the same level of effectiveness as wearing a mask without one,” Dr. Nate Favini, medical lead of preventive care practice Forward, told “Today.”

What do you think — is this something you could use?


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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking