QuickTake by Bloomberg shared the story of how the #Mask4All movement in the Czech Republic got the country wearing face masks in just three days – and now the movement is going global.
“We pushed our government to make masks mandatory and in just 3 days everyone outside was wearing a face mask.”
As the Czech government unveils plans to ease Covid-19 restrictions, here’s a look at how the #Masks4All campaign led by Czech citizens made a huge impact.
Petr Ludwig, who is at the core of the movement in Prague, says the CDC changing its stance on the use of face masks in the United States was a defining moment. New York has made wearing masks mandatory in public and more countries are gradually urging citizens to wear masks.
#Masks4All hopes the movement will reach more countries, and take example from the Czech Republic, which has successfully flattened the curve of new infected cases. The country has started easing lockdown restriction, with a plan to return life to normal.QuickTake by Bloomberg
The point to remember is that face mask wearing isn’t about not catching the novel coronavirus, it is about asymptomatic and symptomatic people not spreading their droplets, carrying the virus, which emit from the mouth and nose.
Wearing a non-medical mask – made out of material – makes it less likely for such droplets to spread, and therefore, will slow the spread of virus when people are out and about in public, doing necessary tasks such as shopping or travelling to and from work.
If everyone wears a mask – in addition to frequent hand washing and not touching their faces, as well as maintaining social distance – the theory is that this will help slow the spread of Covid-19.
This campaign encouraged people to take a picture of themselves wearing a mask, and share it with the hashtag #Masks4All.
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