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Transparent masks - Government delivers 250,000 for the deaf community

Those staff active on the frontline, such as NHS and social care workers, are to receive a delivery of transparent masks. These face masks will benefit people who endure problems such as reduced or total hearing loss, dementia and forms of autism.
There are an estimated 12 million members of the public suffering from hearing loss across the UK. Many of these people depend on being able to see the expressions and mouth movements of those looking after them. Also to benefit are interpreters for those speaking a foreign language.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately, said that the new clear face masks would assist all those carers who are wearing PPE Equipment and communicating with those who depend on lip-reading. If these masks were proven to be successful in enabling that communication then there would be the opportunity to work towards increasing the supply whenever such face masks would be needed.
Roger Wicks, the Director of Policy and Campaigns at the charity Action on Hearing Loss, said they were pleased with the purchase of the transparent masks, regarding them as an essential tool to improving the ability of those who needed to see facial expressions alongside lip-reading to communicate with social care service and NHS staff. He added that this had been continuously raised as a concern from the start of the outbreak but he was pleased that transparent masks now had the ability to reduce the obstacles between staff and patients.
Transparent masks are available from a company called Medicshield who supply a range of verified personal protective equipment throughout UK and Europe.

A quarter of a million masks will be delivered to NHS trusts and social care units to be divided up and distributed as needed. Provision will be made for social care providers through Local Resilience Forums, a pilot system that has been set up to also receive a supply of transparent masks.
Transparent masks are crucial for the deaf and hard of hearing to aid visual communication through the pandemic for many different groups of people. The clear masks are an essential part of PPE to provide improved accessibility for the different care groups.
Following on from a request from the UK government to the private sector to focus on producing personal protective equipment (PPE), many firms have been able to contribute to the effort. Having already procured and distributed over three billion items of PPE, the government continues to work with a number of companies, such as Royal Mail, Amazon and Honeywell to ensure that the manufacture and distribution of PPE continues successfully.
The transparent masks conform to the government’s safety standards and will be distributed over the next few weeks as the government continues to work with numerous administrations.

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