'It's turned their world upside down' COVID-19 takes toll on deaf & blind
Social distancing makes communication impossible for those who rely solely on touch.
inside the Knoxville center of the death, the pandemic means silence and empty chairs, another lifeline cut for people who cannot see or hear. It's almost like they're in a prison. It's very lonely for the half dozen deaf blind people in Knoxville. Monica Sherman's team interprets their world. Their hands would touch right about here on my hand, the way her hand fits over mine. In the era of Corona virus, this is not six feet apart. If you're only communication is through touch. It isn't big dark wall just right in their face. Social distance means total isolation. Everything is so tactile. They've got to touch everything, you know. But with the Corona virus, it just really turned their world upside down. Through interpreter Don Munroe, Sherman says. For some deaf blind, her support service providers are there only interaction. In a world of dark silence, they are the bridge between the deaf blind and the rest of the community. Szymon wants the governor to designate them essential workers. So as the deadly virus spreads, her deaf blind clients can continue to live Without me, she would be in the complete dark call Sullivan 10 News