In times of crisis, human beings adapt, overcome, and survive. This comes in many different forms, like self-isolation and memes as a coping mechanism. For the Slovak president, Zuzana Čaputová, part of it means coordinating her outfits with her face masks as she goes about official business.
As a bit of background, Slovakia locked in a new government over the weekend amid the pandemic. This meant a lot of official signings and photographs in front of the nation’s press in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. As you’ll see below, all the pollies wore gloves and masks, the latter deemed unnecessary in Australia but you do you Slovakia. In previous public appearances, Čaputová wore an average surgical mask. Over the weekend, while accepting the resignation of the now former prime minister, Petra Pellegriniho, Čaputová debuted a burgundy mask to match her burgundy look.
Fun fact: Čaputová, who was elected in 2019, is the country’s first female head of state.
Now, I don’t know if the president is wearing a surgical mask dyed to match her daily look, or if she special-ordered a fabric mask or if she got her assistant to grab one off eBay. Either way, what a power move. It wasn’t just one mask either, because on the next day she wore another different coloured one. Not going to lie, this mask looks a lot more lush than the first one.
I wish every success to PM Igor Matovic and his new government of #Slovakia. Entrusted with great responsibility to lead our country in these difficult times, in unity and with compassion. #PrimeMinister #president #government #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/KLEeAtulLz
— Zuzana Čaputová (@ZuzanaCaputova) March 21, 2020
According to Slovakia’s English-language newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, 185 people have tested positive to the coronavirus in the country as of March 22. The country has reported no deaths.
What I like to take away from Slovakia’s government affairs is that even if you didn’t know a single thing about the people in power, you could simply look at one of their recent group photos, point to the woman in the custom mask and say, “Her, she’s the one running the joint.”
If you think you may have coronavirus, either call your doctor (DON’T visit) or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. If you’re struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.