Indonesian woman makes transparent masks to help deaf-mute communicate amid outbreak

20 апреля 2020 г. 22:42

Dwi Rahayu Februarti, a deaf-mute woman from Yogyakarta, took it upon herself to overcome the communication difficulties that wearing a face mask brings for people with hearing disabilities amid the coronavirus outbreak, by making transparent masks. Footage filmed on Monday shows the 41-year-old woman meticulously working on her masks, cutting the fabrics and sewing the pieces together. «As the government asks to wear a mask to prevent coronavirus spreading, I have difficulties with commonly used masks because the mouth is covered and we can not communicate to others with our disabilities,» she said. «So I thought how to make a mask so that I could speak with others with my disabilities, and I came up with this idea of making transparent masks.» Dwi designed several prototypes before achieving a satisfactory result. «I can speak freely now, it’s not hot and I do not have difficulties breathing,» she shared. Indonesia has registered over 6,700 cases and recorded nearly 600 deaths due to COVID-19, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

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