How to Wear a Face Mask Without Fogging Up Your Glasses

Precautionary measures for coronavirus come with their own problems.
Precautionary measures for coronavirus come with their own problems.
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Of the many unintended consequences resulting from the current coronavirus pandemic, one wrinkle has emerged as a minor but irritating issue. When donning a manufactured or makeshift mask for the first time, people are finding that their glasses are beginning to fog up due to their exhaled air moving upward. Reducing the spread of germs is beneficial, but not if you’re walking into telephone poles.

Fortunately, there’s an easy solution. A few of them, actually. According to MEL, one purported to come from the Tokyo Police Department advises mask wearers to take a facial tissue and place it behind the mask. The tissue will absorb the moisture coming from your mouth that would otherwise be getting re-routed to your glasses.

Another alternative courtesy of a paper published in the Annals of the Royal College of the American Surgeons in 2011 is to wash eyeglasses in soapy water and then dry them. Because some soapy residue will remain, it will be difficult for mist to form on the surface. (Anecdotally, applying shaving cream also seems to have a similar effect.)

The problem of traveling exhaled air is why you’ll see medical-grade masks with the metal clip around the nose. Offering a tighter fit to provide better protection, it allows less air to move up. Those masks should be reserved for health care professionals, but with a little DIY effort, your makeshift covering can be fog-free, too.

[h/t MEL]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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Do Dogs Get Headaches?

Even without raging benders, dogs might still get headaches.
Even without raging benders, dogs might still get headaches.
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Like babies, dogs can be hard to read in the medical ailment department. Are they listless because they’re tired, or because they’re sick? What’s behind their whining? And can they suffer that most human of debilitating conditions, the headache?

Gizmodo polled several veterinarians and animal behavior specialists to find out, and the answer seems to be a resounding yes.

Although a dog can’t express discomfort in a specific way, particularly if it doesn’t involve limping, animal experts know that canines that have diagnosed brain tumors or encephalitis can also be observed to have a high heart rate, a sign of physical pain. According to Tim Bentley, an associate professor of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at Purdue Veterinary Medicine, administering painkillers will bring a dog’s heart rate down. If signs of physical distress also decrease, a headache was likely involved.

Unfortunately, not all dogs may offer overt signals they’re feeling some brain pain. According to Adam Boyko, an associate professor of biomedical sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, dogs instinctively try to mask pain to avoid showing weakness.

Ultimately, dogs have many of the same central neural pathways as humans, which can likely go awry in some of the same ways. But the kind of persistent headaches owing to head colds or hangovers are probably rare in dogs. And while it goes without saying, they definitely don't need any of your Advil.

[h/t Gizmodo]