Czech Republic and Low COVID-19 Mortality in the Heart of Europe: Possible Explanations

Jiri Benes, M.D., PhD; Alexander M. Celko, M.D., PhD; Petr Widimsky, MD., DrSc., FESC., FACC


Eur Heart J. 2020;41(40):3876-3879. 

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Furthermore, Czech citizens were extremely disciplined not only in using facemasks but even in producing textile facemasks at home in large numbers during the initial phase, when publicly available supplies were close to zero. From almost the first day of the lockdown the majority of the population was wearing facemasks. During the course of the pandemic, textile facemasks even became a fashion item (colours matching clothes). The importance of this simple protective measure is supported by a metanalysis[2] showing a 47% reduction of infection spreading with facemask use and a 38% reduction with regular hand hygiene.