Why Sign Language Interpreters At COVID-19 Press Conferences Don’t Wear Face Masks

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Kojo Oppong Nkrumah with a sign language interpreter

All of us are having to change the way we do things so that we can beat this coronavirus pandemic.

Today, a face mask is part of our daily accessories.

Government has made wearing of the mask mandatory in public places.

However, some social media users have raised issues with the sign language interpreters who interpret the Ministry of Information’s COVID-19 press conferences.

The social media users are wondering why the sign language interpreters do not wear face masks.

Well, there is actually a practical reason why the sign language interpreter cannot wear a face mask and it’s not an oversight.

People who communicate in sign language use their hands to communicate words, however, as we all know, facial expression and the emotional tone of words add to the message being sent across.

Because of this, sign language uses both the hand ‘gestures’, movement of the lips as well as facial expressions to be able to send the correct message.

As we all know, the face mask covers the mouth and parts of the face, hence, the people being communicated to through sign language will be unable to see the movement of the lips and the accurate facial expression.

When that happens – the message would be lost.

So, as long as they are interpreting, they cannot wear the face masks, they can absolutely wear the mask when they are done.

In these coronavirus times, everyone needs accurate information.

Source: Kuulpeeps.com

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