NBC’s Today show touts N95 masks for students: ‘Not a lot of air…getting in’

Newsbusters managing editor Curtis Houck posted a curious clip on Twitter that sparked much debate about the wisdom of having children wear N95 masks.

In the video, NBC News Investigative & Consumer Correspondent Vicky Nguyen can be seen donning an N95 respirator mask, explaining that they are “very snug” despite not being “the most comfortable” and that when wearing one “not a lot of air is getting in.”

The segment continues, administering advice for how to mask your children including how to layer surgical masks with cloth masks, and how the “best mask” is the one the child is willing to keep on, even if it doesn’t work the best to filter out COVID-19.

The subject of masking children is a sore spot with many parents, and the idea of encouraging kids to wear masks that don’t allow a lot of air in has sent many into a rage:

However, those on the other side of the debate suggest that Houck was misconstruing Nguyen’s words and that actually, not letting a lot of air in around the filter is the entire point of that type of mask. One comment even caught Nguyen’s attention and prompted a response:


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