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Homemade masks are partly effective in individual protection, but they are essential for slowing the spread of the virus in the population.


How to Significantly Slow Coronavirus?

Petr Ludwig & Team of Experts at COVID-CZECHIA

A video featuring Minister of Health of the Czech Republic

Homemade masks are partly effective in individual protection, but they are essential for slowing the spread of the virus in the population. The main outcome of our studies was that they stop around 95-100% of viruses that people emitting by your breath, sneezing, and coughing. People are the most contagious first days without symptoms, that's why we need masks for all.

We have successfully tested the hypothesis at two main technical universities and it is highly recommended by a team of experts COVID CZECHIA under the coordination of the president of Czech Technical University in Prague.
The team consists of a virologist, epidemiologist, doctors with specialization in population protection, chemists, and physicist with specialization if filtration. This group is an advisory expert group for the Czech government in Prague. Now it is obligatory to wear masks in the whole country

Please share and help to spread the key message that can save lives and slow the pandemic.
#Masks4All: "I protect you, you protect me."

Movement for population-wide use of homemade masks as critical protective equipment against COVID-19

A speaker, writer and social media influencer Petr Ludwig made an educational video on the importance of wearing masks, not as a protection for yourself but to protect others in case you are unaware of being sick and are not showing
symptoms. The video cites a study by researchers from University of Cambridge which concludes that surgical masks are 3x more effective than home-made masks, nevertheless they recommend home-made masks as a last resort when
surgical masks are not available.
As the shortage of masks provided by the government continued, hospitals reached out on social media and asked if people may be able to sew a few masks for them because they were running low. In an unprecedented show of support, many people started making masks, not just for the hospitals but for everybody.
The effort was both individual - people making masks by hand sewing or on a sewing machine at home, and organizational - theaters, non-profit organizations, small business and factories which normally produce clothes, linens, accessories redirected their efforts into full-time sewing. Local companies were sewing in bulk, supplying hospitals, senior citizen homes, the police or firemen. Masks were delivered to hospitals or to friends and neighbors who would often find them in their mailboxes. In some areas, people created “mask trees” where they would put available extra masks that were up for grabs for others.
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How to make a mask?
Here are two videos from Czechia, where you can learn about making D.I.Y. face masks.


Czech people make their masks not only in Czechia but also in the U.S.!
Here is an example from Helena Plavcová in New Haven, CT:

Should I Make My Own Mask?

New York Times
informs that the advice from public health officials has been confusing, leaving us to decide whether a D.I.Y. mask is better than nothing. They are saying that there is probably some benefit to covering our faces in public. The article also gives information about how to make your own mask.



Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics CTU obtained certification for its new respirator.
Production can be launched right away. CTU rector signed a memorandum regarding this matter with Minister of Health.

The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, part of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CIIRC CTU), handed the first fifteen “CIIRC RP95-3D” respirator prototypes to the Czech Ministry of Health to be tested directly in hospitals. The final model was successfully certified as a half-mask with FFP3 safety level on Friday March 20. It was tested directly by the Na Homolce hospital staff during their work over the weekend. Production of the mask on special 3D printers can begin.
Today marking the occasion, Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch signed a memorandum about cooperation. The aim is to deliver as many pieces as possible, mainly to hospitals. The whole process is being coordinated in cooperation with the CzechInvest government agency which has among others helped to significantly speed up the process of receiving certification for this advanced respirator.

“CTU is working on several programs that will help with solving the current crisis. We are developing and we will be producing lung ventilators, full face masks FFP3 class, we are developing a robot to automate coronavirus PCR tests, we are mixing large amounts of disinfection for rescue workers and we have developed a respirator that has better protection than FFP3 level which we are about to start the production of,” says CTU rector Vojtěch Petráček.
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FORBES: Making Made Right: This Czec Company Guides Global 3-D Printing Pandemic Response

As the world continues to develop rapid responses to slow the spread of COVID-19, many eyes have been turned to the maker community. On-demand, localized manufacturing made possible through technologies including 3-D printing (additive manufacturing) is helping in stop-gap supply provision for personal protective equipment and other needed-now goods.

Alongside major industrial 3-D printing companies — like Carbon, HP, Formlabs, Desktop Metal, Stratysys and 3D System — coming to the fore of global efforts, is a relatively small company dedicated to desktop 3-D printers. Prusa Research, based in Czechia, is proving itself to be 3-D printing’s city on a hill in terms of pandemic response.

In three days, Founder Josef Prusa and his team at Prusa Research designed, prototyped, verified, and began mass production of medical-appropriate face shields with both 3-D printed and laser cut plastic components.
Approved by the Czech Ministry of Health, the face shields moved quickly to field testing, full approval, and large-scale production.
They have donated 12,000-plus of the masks throughout Czechia. The design also spread at the speed of the internet, and downloads in the thousands saw the design rapidly disseminated to all corners of the world.
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Photo credits: masks4all.org, Prusa Research, Helena Plavcová



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