RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It’s been a year since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in North Carolina, and CBS 17 News is getting answers to questions you asked us about the coronavirus.
YOUR QUESTION: How do you communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing while wearing a mask?
OUR ANSWER: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is distributing clear masks for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, or DeafBlind are eligible for a mask. Additionally, those who work with those groups, such as interpreters, are able to get a clear mask from the state.
Similar masks are made and sold privately, too. CBS 17 reported in October on a Raleigh doctor who had been creating clear masks for her deaf patients.