Why We Need Transparent Masks

Our faces, including our mouths, convey important social messages

Photo by Manny Becerra on Unsplash

One reason many people seem so angry these days, about things like having to wear masks, is the nature of the masks themselves. They hide significant public signs of our identities and our emotional states in our facial expressions.

People are angry about many things, of course, but it might help a lot if we could show our smiles while we protect ourselves from respiratory contagion.

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Jim Mason

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