Chinstraps for all or chinstraps for some?
It is one of the great debates around the prevention of contagion measures in
World Health Organization (WHO)
ensures that using them in public spaces does not help prevent contagion, the
ordered its mandatory use
and its inhabitants make them in an artisanal way.
After the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis decreed the obligation to wear masks for all people who leave their homes, the government launched a campaign under the slogan # Masks4All (masks for all).
Apparently, the initiative was well received by the citizens of this central European country, who began to manufacture and distribute these small mouth masks
The debate on the effectiveness of the use of chinstraps to avoid infections is still open.
“You only need to wear a mask if you are caring for a person with suspected 2019-nCov infection”
held the WHO
adding that they are only effective when used in combination with frequent and adequate hand washing.
In addition, the highest global health authority published a technical report in which it ensures that the coronavirus is not spread by air, but by contact with respiratory drops of patients affected by the disease.
Campaign of the government of the Czech Republic for all its inhabitants to manufacture and use chinstraps to prevent coronavirus infections
In the same way,
, Minister of Health of the city of Buenos Aires, demystified the use of masks for the prevention of coronavirus infections. The Buenos Aires official said this morning in a radio interview that
and that it is useful for “the patient, we do not want him to cough and reach another”.
However, the arguments in favor of compulsory use for the entire population of the Czech Republic were broadcast in a government-sponsored video recounting an appearance by the Czech health minister,
“The Czech Republic is one of the few nations in Europe that has significantly slowed the spread of the virus”
says the narrator’s voiceover and adds that
“The main difference is that everyone who has to leave their home must wear a mask”
In another video of the # Masks4All campaign, data and figures are shared to try to support the government order for everyone to wear masks on public roads.
The Czech government campaign aims for the people
, and not the State,
ensure compliance with the standard
issued days after a general health emergency was declared that led to the closure of the Central European country’s borders.
That official provision also included the closure of all shops and suspension of services, except essential ones. A decision that transformed the tourist center of Prague into a deserted city, as well as several major cities in Europe.
The shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic is a ghost that affects all countries. Therefore, pharmacies in the Czech Republic put up signs to inform that they do not sell surgical masks because they are scarce and are for health professionals.
The Web page
interactive map for those who offer or are looking for chinstraps
, while a collection point was established in the Prague municipality and other community centers to distribute masks to risk groups.
Although the order of the Czech Executive Power was accepted by almost all the inhabitants, there are still people who lower their chins in public parks to smoke or drink beer outside the few bars that still serve beer to go.