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Mheidly N, Fares MY, Zalzale H, Fares J. Effect of Face Masks on Interpersonal Communication During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Frontiers in Public Health. 2020;8:6.

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Article
Keyword
SARS-CoV-2
coronavirus
communication
social distancing
pandemic (COVID-19)
pandemic
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Attribution 4.0 International

Creator
Mheidly, Nour
Fares, Mohamad Y.
Zalzale, Hussein
Fares, Jawad Youssef
Abstract
Interpersonal communication has been severely affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protective measures, such as social distancing and face masks, are essential to mitigate efforts against the virus, but pose challenges on daily face-to-face communication. Face masks, particularly, muffle sounds and cover facial expressions that ease comprehension during live communication. Here, we explore the role of facial expressions in communication and we highlight how the face mask can hinder interpersonal connection. In addition, we offer coping strategies and skills that can ease communication with face masks as we navigate the current and any future pandemic.
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FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
Date Created
2020-12-09
Original Identifier
(PMID) 33363081
DOI
10.3389/fpubh.2020.582191

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