Angela Madden viral teacher mask brackets
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Georgia teacher Angie Madden is going viral this week for introducing the internet to a mask accessory that is making back-to-school season easier for her.

Mask brackets are a thing, but they're something most of us hadn't heard of until Madden made a now-viral Facebook video explaining the interesting pandemic accessory.

The video begins with Madden laughing with her husband (who is behind the camera) before explaining, "To all my teacher friends, I ordered the coolest thing on Amazon...It's called a face bracket and you stick it on your face and you put your mask on...and you wear it and it keeps your mask off your face."


In the clip, which has now been shared hundreds of thousands of times, she shows off the silicone bracket that's placed under the mask to keep the fabric from sticking right to your face (or messing up your lipstick).

It also helps you be heard more clearly through the fabric, something Madden appreciates as an educator.

There have not been any official statements by the CDC regarding mask brackets, but it is important that the brackets must not impact the snugness of the mask. If a bracket impacts the fit of your mask, you should not wear the two together.

“Because some people have expressed strong opinions that wearing a mask is difficult because it is uncomfortable, all sorts of different ideas are being brought forward to increase mask usage by making them more comfortable. While that is good in theory, any contraption or device that actually weakens the ability of the mask to work is actually not good," infectious disease specialist Dr. Aaron Glatt, an Epidemiologist from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told Fox News

Dr. Donald Dumford, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, told the Akron Beacon Journal that if it doesn't impact the fit of the mask it likely won't hurt.

"I don't have any scientific data to support an evidence-based medical opinion on the face mask bracket. There is no scientific literature to my knowledge that assesses the efficacy of face masks with and without a bracket," he explains. "With that being said, in my personal opinion [without any evidence to back it up] when looking at the device, I think it would still allow a cloth mask to do its job of reducing exhalation of virus into the air from asymptomatic or presymptomatic people, and if it helps more people adhere to the statewide mask mandate, I am in favor of it. The more people we have following the statewide mandate, the better we will do with the virus."

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I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.

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