Olivia Harvey
Updated April 08, 2020
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As of April 3rd, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that U.S. citizens wear non-medical face coverings when in public places. Rather than using N95 medical-grade masks, which are needed in hospitals, you can DIY your own with a bandana, an old T-shirt, or a scarf. Comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler saw the CDC’s mask recommendations and raised them one…bra. Honestly, Handler’s bra mask would probably work pretty well in a pinch.

“With masks in short supply, we have to take matters into our own hands,” Handler wrote in the caption of her April 7th Instagram post. “Men included.”

In the video, Handler is dressed in PJs and coming at us live from her bedroom. She begins: “For those of you who are in a bind and need a face mask but don’t have one, you can just take one of your bras—if you have big boobs.” She demonstrates how she uses one of the bra cups to cover her nose and mouth, then wraps the straps around her head and neck and secures it using the bra hooks.

Handler is making a joke here. But if you have no qualms about wearing your bra wrapped around your face, this DIY face mask would actually work quite well. It’s multi-layered with a foam filter (excellent), and it fits snugly over the nose and face (great).

The only thing is that it might be hard to breathe through the spandex and foam. And, yeah—it’s really obvious that you’re wearing a bra wrapped around your head. But if you can get over that…

The CDC recommends using breathable, tightly-woven fabric, like cotton, as a mask. It has several easy-to-follow mask tutorials that require minimal materials. The Surgeon General even posted a simple mask tutorial on YouTube:

But hey, if you’re cool with Handler’s bra mask, then you do you. Wearing a bra on your face is definitely better than not wearing any mask at all.

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