What is the Wire Inside the Facemask?

Apr 5, 2021


Surgical flat masks are some of the most common disposable facemasks. Although they have a simple appearance, they boast some clever designs that make them comfortable, customizable, and effective.

Their exterior trim, or spot welding, and edge cover help to protect the integrity of the mask. They add an outer flap of material to prevent gaps between the mask and the face. They also add extra strength to prevent tearing and stop the ear loops from pulling free. This helps to cover all of the weak points of the mask.

The triple-folding pleats along the front allow for a more customizable fit and prevent the mask from moving while talking. While talking, masks without this pleating tend to move vertically, slowly exposing the mouth and nose, or leaving gaps between the mask and the face. As well, the pleats unfold to cover a larger area for bigger faces and chins. Of course, it’s best to pick a mask size that covers your face well with minimal stretching of the pleats, as they offer greater protection while folded over each other.

Along the sides of the pleats there is an extra row of stitches known as the pleat fixation. This prevents the pleats from tearing the mask and helps to ensure they fold back normally.

At the top of the mask, we find the nose clip, which adjusts the mask to your nose for a snug fit. In this area is where we find the short, pliable wire.

The ‘5G’ Antenna Myth

Vloggers and content creators are always on the lookout for shocking ideas to garner attention. Others are just looking for any answers in a difficult time. Together, these are the source of one of the latest urban legends. 

You may have seen videos or images of influencers cutting open surgical masks and revealing a wire inside of the nose clip. They connect this with the oddball conspiracy theory of 5G networks spreading the coronavirus (for which there remains no evidence or compelling reason to support). 


Unsurprisingly, considering the 5G myth has been widely debunked, this antenna concept doesn’t hold any water. So don’t worry, the wire in your mask won’t be responsible for infecting you with viruses or a sudden desire to purchase Microsoft products.


Even if the 5G myth were plausible (it isn’t), the wire would not be sufficient for an effective antenna. Generally, the thicker the antenna wire, the better the signal. With the typical wire being essentially the same as those found in the middle of a twist tie, they are simply too thin. As well, many aren’t even made of materials that conduct signals. While some are metal, many are plastics or polyester fibers.

Facebook post complaining about facemasks


So What is the Facemask Wire for?

The location of the little wire in your mask is a pretty clear clue to its purpose. The wire is the functional part of the nose clip, easily bending to be custom-shaped around your nose. This prevents the mask from slipping off your face while also making it more comfortable and minimizing gaps around the nose bridge.


The nose clip is just the beginning of using adjustable tools to make your mask more comfortable. Mask inserts are increasing in popularity as they can change the shape of the mask to increase airflow and breathability.


The PowerAir breathable mask insert even has its own adjustable nose clip, to further increase comfort. As well, this design helps direct airflow downward stopping your shades and glasses from fogging. It’s the ideal solution for wearing masks at work, sports, or anywhere with full comfort and protection.

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