The Impact of Face Masks on Social Skills
Reading and interpreting facial expressions can be a challenging social skill by itself. But what happens when we add a face covering to the mix? Communication breakdowns! While face masks offer an important protective barrier in the attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, they also create new communication challenges. As face masks become the norm in the name of public health, we can minimize and/or repair communication breakdowns by using strategies to help us communicate with people who have covered faces.