As a person living with cystic fibrosis, I need to wear masks often and find standard surgical masks to feel dehumanizing, like a barrier between myself and those around me. The ClearMask would restore that human connection in my interactions with others. A simple smile goes a long way.
- Melanie Abdelnour, Patient Advocate
To have the ClearMask on the parent's face and on physicians is a great way to prevent and remove that physical barrier so that children can see full facial expressions and have a sense of warmth and familiarity with our faces.
- Deepa K., Pediatric Anesthesiology
By wearing a traditional mask, we’re immediately placing a barrier between ourselves and our patients, which eliminates our ability to express emotions and facial expressions.
- Sakib H., Medical Student
As a medical interpreter, I have tried to find solutions for the masks such as temporarily pulling my mask down, but medical staff can be resistant and hostile due to safety reasons.
- Anonymous, medical interpreter
Masks are isolating, and make it extremely difficult for me to understand and connect with the doctors and interpreters. They add another layer of stress.
- William H., patient
When my son passed away, I had to go to the hospital to identify the body. The attending doctor at that time was wearing a mask, and I got no sense of comfort in my grief.
When doctors wear a mask, it immediately places a communication barrier and makes deaf and hard of hearing patients even more confused about what's going on.
- Joseph H., Internal Medicine
I'm a pro at lip-reading, but I need to be able to see their lips. When medical staff wear the mask, I can't see their lips and it is hard for me to understand them. I have to strain to hear.
- Emily H., Shock Trauma
Instead of the standard surgical mask, the ClearMask can really provide access to children, to help them understand their surroundings, such as finally seeing their mom or doctor smiling, and finally knowing that it will be okay.