Patient, Health Care Worker Communication When Wearing Standard vs Transparent Masks

JAMA Network Open


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What The Study Did: This survey study included the general public, health care workers  and health care workers who are deaf or hard of hearing and the findings suggest that widespread mask use impairs nonverbal communication and the ability to convey emotions and that transparent masks could help improve communication during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authors: Giovanni Traverso M.B., B.Chir., Ph.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, is the corresponding author.



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