March 18, 2020

Coronavirus explained in American Sign Language

Deaf family physician Michael M. McKee explains COVID-19 to the sign language channel DPAN.TV

University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine patients are advised to seek coronavirus information from the CDC and Michigan Medicine Updates. This page will not be updated.

Associate professor Michael M. McKee, M.D., M.P.H. explains the coronavirus to DPAN.TV on March 13, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. Reliable information from health experts is often difficult to identify and interpret. Getting informed is even more challenging for individuals whose first language is not English, including deaf individuals who primarily learn and communicate using American Sign Language. Deaf physician and associate professor of family medicine Michael M. McKee, M.D., M.P.H. sat down with DPAN.TV, a leading online communication source for ASL speaker, on March 13, 2020, to explain the coronavirus in ASL. Dr. McKee is committed to addressing the health disparities faced by deaf individuals and people with disabilities. He is a leader in the Deaf Health Clinic, a clinic serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients from across Michigan. He also serves as the Director of the MDisability Program in the Department of Family Medicine.

Resources available from National Association of the Deaf:

A coalition of deaf and hard of hearing consumer advocacy organizations, deaf doctors, and other experts worked together to provide special guidelines for deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind people and medical personnel to use during the coronavirus pandemic.