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Communication Adapts to Changing Mask Requirements

Nonverbals are coming back

As COVID-19 positivity rates fall, schools and counties in the state have removed their mask mandates. Seeing full faces again could have a dramatic impact on our moods and interactions with others, according to social scientists.

Dr. Jennifer Greenfield teaches at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, specializing in “how polices help shape the human experience, and how humans shape policies,” she said.

She said the masking policies we’ve had to adopt during the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the way we communicate with each other, forcing us to replace nonverbal cues we’re evolved to read.

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