Interpreters in Hospitals – level 1

12-05-2020 07:00

Many COVID-19 patients in the US are immigrants from Mexico and Latin America. They work in the US. They get little money for their work. They are away from their home and families. Sometimes, they cannot speak English well.

These patients do not understand medical workers. They are sick. They stay alone in the hospital. It is a difficult situation for them.

Hospitals want to help. They use interpreters. Interpreters translate what doctors say.

Some interpreters speak with the patients on the phone or by video. It is not good. Hospital rooms are noisy. There are fans and machines. Patients cannot speak loudly.

Patients feel better when interpreters come to the hospital. However, it is dangerous for the interpreters. They can get sick, too.

Difficult words: immigrant (a person who leaves his country to live and work in another country), interpreter (a person who translates what someone says to another language), fan (a machine that makes the air move).

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