Coronavirus (826) Transparent face masks

16 July, 2020

A neglected aspect of health communications during the coronavirus pandemic concerns the use of face masks. A recent aritcle suggests that face masks should be transparent, since the conventional ones block the comunication clues needed by the deaf and hard of hearing (12 million people in the UK, apparently):

The likelihood that face masks are going to be a part of many people's daily apparel has spawned a new industry of designer masks of all shapes and sizes, where medical efficacy takes the back seat to flair ( Future generations may look back on this as the era when the mask became a facial farfelu, much as we trace the origins of the necktie to Croatian mercenaries serving in France during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648).


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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT

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