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FDA clears first fully transparent surgical mask

Mask said to help improve visual communication

ClearMask
ClearMask

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the OK for the world’s first fully transparent surgical mask.

They're made by ClearMask, an American medical supply company.

Traditional surgical masks block mouths, which can sometimes impede effective communication.

The company says ClearMask helps improve visual communication while still offering a high level of protection.

The masks can even be used in operating rooms, the company says.

ClearMask says their masks are especially helpful for people with hearing impairments and during conversations between people who don't speak the same language.

The masks are available to buy in bulk in the FDA-cleared medical or non-medical grade.

You can find them online at buy.clearmask.com.