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Crochet 'Mask Mates' Make Wearing A Mask For Long Hours Much More Comfortable

Medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have shared images over the last few months of their bruised and beaten faces from their PPE. Not only do they have to ensure their face masks are adhering properly to cover their nose and mouths, but they also need to ensure their face shields are properly placed and their protective glasses won't budge.

I'm sure their battered faces are the least of their worries, but it's a small pain that I'm sure can really add up.

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That's why these contraptions exist.

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They're called "mask mates" and they help make wearing a mask for long hours at least a little more comfortable.

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Instead of looping the straps of the mask around your ears, you loop them around the contraption's buttons.

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This keeps your ears free of that annoying pain that creeps in when your body suddenly realizes you've been wearing something for too long.

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The crocheted design also gives some added comfort to the back of your head.

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Find the free pattern to make your own here.

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There are also some pretty cute designs that will bring a smile to anyone's face.

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Find this fun floral design here for only a dollar.

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If you're a crocheter and are twiddling your thumbs thinking about your next project, definitely consider making a bunch of these for your local medical workers.

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They're a super quick and simple project, but they really make such a big difference.

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