"Be like the Czech Republic," says Olivia Newton-John in regards to making and wearing face masks

Australian singer and Grease star Olivia Newton-John is the latest to share the Czech Republic's message of wearing face masks to combat COVID-19

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 08.04.2020 11:35:59 (updated on 08.04.2020) Reading time: 1 minute

The Czech Republic’s message of wearing face masks in public to slow the spread of coronavirus, and particularly Petr Ludwig and Aneta Kernová’s impassioned English-language #Masks4All video, has been getting major support around the globe.

The latest to share the message: Australian singer and Grease star Olivia Newton-John, who shared it to more than a million followers across her official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

“This is of major importance for us all to know,” the singer wrote on Instagram.

“We have been told we don’t need masks because health workers need them desperately and there aren’t enough for the general public too! Please pass this video on – let’s be creative and make our own – like the Czech Republic has – and thank you to #Masks4All for sending this out to the world. We can flatten our curve too!!”

Olivia Newton-John rose to fame with a string of #1 hits in Australia in the mid-1970s, but her career really took off after starring alongside John Travolta in the 1978 film adaptation of Grease.

The coronavirus is of special concern for the 71-year-old singer, who is currently fighting stage 4 breast cancer; contracting COVID-19 could have fatal consequences.

Newton-John previously battled back from breast cancer twice before, in 1992 and 2013.

Petr Ludwig and Aneta Kernová’s #Masks4All video has been sent to Donald Trump via Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and received airtime on CNN. The Czech Republic’s use of masks has been cited as an example of what can be accomplished in the Western world.

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