Steven Kashkett: "As an American living in Prague, I was impressed by the reaction of Czechs and foreign residents alike to this draconian measure. People here clearly understood the importance of preserving the supply of professional medical/surgical masks for healthcare providers and first responders."
"So without complaint, the entire nation transformed itself almost overnight into a giant factory churning out homemade masks. Thousands of individuals and businesses immediately began sewing masks out of a variety of fabrics. Dozens of video tutorials for producing makeshift respiratory masks appeared on the Internet in Czech and English. Within three days, there were enough masks for every man, woman, and child in this country of 10 million. "
So far, the Czech Republic has had fewer than 50 deaths from Covid-19. But more importantly, the percentage of new cases each day among those tested appears to be dropping. In other words, the Czech across-the-board face mask rule is beginning to “flatten the curve”, as has happened in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and other places where masks are widely used.