face masks

very concerned re use of face masks. People like me who are profoundly deaf rely on lip reading and facial expressions to help us communicate.

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We need some some clear information be given regarding how long the use face masks will be recommended

by JaneWright on May 06, 2020 at 09:33AM

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  • Posted by TonyFinn May 06, 2020 at 09:58

  • Posted by william May 06, 2020 at 10:31

    Yes I too am concerned about face masks. My hearing is not good and I depend on lip reading to help my understanding of what is being said. What is being said is muffled and as someone tries to hear they are apt to go forward to hear and then break social distancing. Being deaf is isolating enough.
  • Posted by Chicken May 06, 2020 at 10:53

    While i appreciate the position of deaf people requiring to see faces for lip reading, i feel facemasks should be mandatory for runners, cyclists and anybody outdoors. Perhaps transparent plastic face shields could be adopted but feel that preventing spread of C19 is more important.
  • Posted by Campbell May 06, 2020 at 12:03

    I sympathise with the lip reading post but honestly I would rather be deaf than dead and, if masks can help us in some way from developing the disease then we should all wear masks in public places.
  • Posted by StepRam May 06, 2020 at 12:09

    I agree that's an issue but we need guidance, masks are needed, you can lower a mask if you stand a greater distance apart, what should that distance be?
  • Posted by stonehaven1234 May 06, 2020 at 12:14

    I agree. I do not have hearing difficulties but I have still had difficulties communicating with those wearing masks e.g. at the pharmacy. As the evidence shows very little benefit for the wider public to wear masks I do not think we should be wearing them.
  • Posted by DrT May 06, 2020 at 12:24

    I appreciate that lip reading is important. However, masks are only to be worn inside supermarkets and the like. In such situations, lip reading will be less important as communication interactions are minimal anyhow. It is more important to protect one another from spreading the virus, even if this is at the expense of communicating via lip reading.
  • Posted by whuang May 06, 2020 at 13:08

    I think it is harder for the disabled folks for any lockdown measurements. But I can not agree with this. First, with people you live together, there is no need to use masks when you meet. In the public area, people should reduce communication as infrequent as possible and there is basically no need to talk with other strangers. For incidents special assistance needed, it is always possible to make special arrangements.
  • Posted by LoudounLass May 10, 2020 at 22:07

    I see little evidence of people using face coverings in shops and suggest that if the government believes there is a real chance of reducing transmission then they should be made mandatory, as in many other countries.
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