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How to Wear Masks Without Fogging Up Your Glasses

The usage of masks by Americans venturing out into public spaces is now strongly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as it’s one way to help combat the spread of COVID-19. But there are issues with using masks, even when they can be made, or, somehow miraculously, bought. For glasses wearers experiencing “mask-induced lens fog,” however, there are simple, effective ways to combat the problem, some of which are described here.

Seto Wing Hong of Hong Kong University, who wears glasses, shows off how he wears a surgical mask. 

Kotaku East did a good bit of research into the lens fogging issue, and found recommendations on how to solve the problem from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, as well as the video magazine, C Channel. And it seems that, essentially, making sure your glasses don’t steam up while you’re putting on your best rendition of Walter White during a cook at the local Trader Joe’s all comes down to the way you fold your face mask and utilize tissues.

The video above from @drharang on Instagram is the best, quick explainer we could find on the topic, as it’s not only a great tutorial, but also features some fun pop music that makes folding pandemic masks seem less apocalyptic. Note that the featured doctor folds the top of his face mask, then places a folded strip of tissue on top of that fold, before applying both to his face.

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The best way to wear a cloth face covering according to the CDC. CDC

It’s unclear if this same folded tissue trick works with say, a bandana, but it seems like it would. But for those who do use a bandana but find this trick doesn’t work, or even find that no other combination of cloths and tissues works, there are still ways to directly keep glasses from fogging up. This wikihow page describes a handful of those ways, including one that simply calls for soaping up your lenses and then removing the residue.

What do you think about these methods for keeping glasses from fogging while wearing face masks? Do you have any proprietary tricks you want to pitch? Let’s clear up this issue once and for all in the comments!

Feature image: Max-Leonhard von Schaper