4 Tips for Wearing a COVID-19 Mask, From a Niqabi

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Face coverings are now mandatory in most indoor settings. Having worn a niqab for eight years, I have tips to help with comfort, convenience, and style

As someone who’s worn a niqab for the last eight years, I know a thing or two about covering my face in public. And when COVID-19 hit our country and masks gradually became common—and then mandatory—in most indoor settings, I saw my friends and colleagues struggle with the same challenges I faced when I first started wearing a niqab.

Since masks are here for the foreseeable future, I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve picked up over the years. I hope they bring you comfort, convenience and style.

Speak up

Early on, I remember being told to speak up when I mumbled to a bus terminal clerk that I needed to refill my Presto card: she couldn’t read my lips to fill in the blanks in the noisy…

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