We Give Masks website helps distribute DIY face masks

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Czech Republic

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June 22, 2020

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We Give Masks website helps distribute DIY face masks

Country

Czech Republic

Update

June 22, 2020

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After months of hesitation, the World Health Organisation changed its advice on wearing face masks. At first, the WHO said it would not significantly affect the spread of coronavirus. As many European countries emerge from lockdown, face masks are either required or encouraged in public. In the Czech Republic, people were advised to wear face masks from the outset. Not to protect themselves, but to protect each other.

Early on, the website Damerousky.cz, which translates as We Give Masks directed Czech citizens to locally made face masks. The website gave the location of those making and those seeking masks. It even brought together volunteers who distributed the masks. Videos were posted online suggesting how to make cotton face masks. Volunteering was one of the few reasons people were allowed to leave their homes during the lockdown. Under the slogan ‘I protect you and you protect me’, the Masks 4 all video went viral showing a young woman wearing a home-made face masks.

Prevented the spread of virus

Now that the numbers are falling, Czechs are no longer required to wear face masks outdoors in public, but they still have to wear them on public transport and other confined spaces like shops and restaurants. According to Prague-based psychologist Steve Hughes, people felt safer as they complied to lockdown rules. He believes it definitely prevented the spread of the virus and brought down the R rate. And “DIY face masks really caught on!” This led to a colourful array of home-made masks on the streets.

The Masks4all movement has spread to many different countries across the world: Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Malawi. There may be many more. if you have started an initiative in your country or you want to get involved let us know.

WWW

Masks4all Masks4all.org

Czech Republic Damerousky.cz
Germany Maskefuerdich.de
Netherlands Masks4all.nl
United Kingdom Masks4all.co
Ireland Masks4allIreland.com
Brazil Mascaraparatodos.org
Malawi Masks4allMalawi.org