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Less than a third of Czech teachers approve of the government’s measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey with 700 participating teachers was published by Člověk v tísni (People in Need) and conducted by the Focus Agency in cooperation with the JSNS educational program for the European People’s Party in January, CTK reports. Half of the teachers in the Czech Republic don’t trust the government on the COVID-19 topic. Also, a quarter of participants feel that the current strict measures interfere with basic human rights. When it comes to the professional environment, nearly 96 percent of the teachers agree that their schools handled the pandemic situation well.  According to the survey results, a significant number of participants perceivedContinue Reading

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According to the dm drogerie markt survey, 11 percent of Czech women stopped using makeup products. The survey gathered replies from Czech women aged 25 to 60 years. One-third of Czech women buy less decorative makeup products than before the COVID-19 pandemic. For some age categories, the skincare habits were left unchanged. The survey shows that more than half of women aged 45-60 don’t use any cleansing products at all. Otherwise, their skincare habits stayed the same. “Our sales data show a decrease in the categories of cleansing skin products, such as tonics, cleansing waters, make-up wipes, and others. This is most likely related to the smaller use of decorative cosmetics,” Jiří Peroutka, dm drogerie markt communications manager, explained. However,Continue Reading

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Lidl became the best retail trader chain in the Czech Republic, based on the Mastercard’s Trader of the Year award. Kaufland and Albert shared the second and third places. The public vote took place on the award’s website from 19 October 2020 to 17 January 2021. Lidl won first place with 90,257 votes. The second place went to Kaufland, which gained 48,529 votes while Albert received 29,844. As for the other grocery stores, Penny, Tesco, Billa, and Globus followed the leaders. The first seven places belong to food chain stores, even though the award’s requirements are not specific to grocery stores. The pharmacy chain, Dr.Max, became the absolute winner among different categories, outperforming the winner of the last seven yearsContinue Reading

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During online learning, teenagers might face various dangers including cyber aggression, sexual predators and virtual manipulation. Sexologists Petra Sejbalová and Jana Martincová explain that parents should teach children how to avoid dangerous situations on the Internet. According to the last year’s research, most Czech teenagers find information about sex education online or through their classmates. Sexologists claim that teenagers can become victims of cyber aggression.  “Unfortunately, long-term online education [does not help the situation], which is literally an open door for sexual predators,” Sejbalová, the head of the Sexology Department of the University Hospital Brno, stated. Instead of studying at school and spending time with friends in person, students can stumble upon unknown individuals on the internet. Specialists recommend thatContinue Reading

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The government plans to open all of the stores from next Monday, February 22. According to Karel Havlíček, the Minister of Industry and Trade, the proposal will be discussed this Wednesday. The store workers will be required to wear FFP2 respirators. However, for customers, it will be enough to wear a regular mask. The basic requirements, such as disinfecting hands and distancing, will stay valid in every store.  Experts already agree with this decision which can save the industry and the economy. “It’s a big psychological turning point. After a long time, people will see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re playing it slowly, and if we can do it, it’s a big signal that we canContinue Reading

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Czech social services reported an increase in domestic violence cases up to 40 percent during the first massive lockdown. According to the research, the system of support for the victims should be improved, so that victims can feel comfortable reporting the violence. “During the pandemic, we saw an increase in intensity and demand for services. The increase continues to this day. Helping vulnerable people is inconsistent. The approach differs from person to person,” Blanka Nyklová, one of the authors of the research from the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Dana Moree from the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University, explained. Nyklová added that domestic violence should be taken more seriously, otherwise itContinue Reading

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Czech pupils suffer from various negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as weight gain, mental illnesses, and family problems. Brno pediatrician, Tamara Polášková, explained that pupils gain weight and feel more depressed because of the reduced physical activity and loss of social interactions.  Based on the Linka bezpečí (Safety Line) research in 2020, there was a sharp increase in the younger patients who used their services – 28 percent. Most of the problems were connected to cyberbullying, family troubles, suicide thoughts, and thoughts of self-harm.  “There is also a growing number of adolescents with an eating disorder. At the same time, the number of young people with symptoms of depression, which also require pharmacological help, is increasing significantly,” BohuslavContinue Reading

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Czechs will celebrate Valentine’s Day mostly at home due to the lockdown, but despite that, they are finding ways to make the day special. Usually, two-thirds of Czechs celebrate this holiday, and the pandemic, allegedly, is not going to stop them. Czech couples consider vouchers for stays at expensive hotels, spas, and relaxations as a solid romantic gift. “We will see how much the measures will affect the overall sales. So far, people have spent more from year to year on Valentine’s Day,” Ladislav Veselý, director of Slevomat, stated. Traveling to Europe during the romantic holiday is losing its popularity because there are many restrictions and requirements. “There is still an obligation to submit a negative test upon arrival andContinue Reading

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Almost a half of the Czech population doesn’t self-isolate with the COVID-19 symptoms based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) research. 1000 respondents participated in the research, which showed growing concerns about the vaccination and gave several insights into the way Czechs perceive the process of isolation. Helena Hnilicová from the Institute of Public Health and Medical Law claims that 40 percent of Czechs perceive restrictions as the invasion of their personal life, which can be problematic during the pandemic situations. Hnilicová adds that Czechs show disappointing results in the usual measures, such as washing hands, wearing masks, and keeping the distance in public spaces. According to the results, Czechs don’t consider the infection to be as dangerous as itContinue Reading

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The government introduced a new system of compensations for entrepreneurs and small companies which were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and lost the source of income. According to the new law, the updated amount will reach 1000 Czech crowns per day. Previously, businesses received 500 Czech crowns daily. The Ministry of Finance already stated that the new system will be easier than the previous ones. Instead of having ten different programs of support, they decided to focus on one which won’t confuse entrepreneurs and will be more effective. “We decided to simplify everything and instead of ten programs make one where no company will fail, regardless of whether its establishment is closed or whether it is a subcontractor or not,”Continue Reading