Soon after the first cases were reported, Slovak scientists developed their own COVID-19 test, allowing the country to stay self-sufficient and prepared for a potential second wave. The tests (PCR) developed by Pavol Cekan and his team have become known as very reliable and provide accurate diagnostics. The production of the first 100.000 tests was financed by the company Eset. They are now recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Scientists see coronavirus testing as the most important part of flattening the curve and reducing the number of infections, as people, who do not know that they are carriers will not stay at home.
Self-sufficiency and proactiveness
Slovakia’s proactiveness and swift implementation of safety measures are a positive sign that the health and safety of event participants will be well taken care of. From 1 July 2020, Slovakia allows events for up to 1000 participants, but meeting planners have to follow strict instructions from the National Institute of Public Health. The recommended safety distance among participants is 2 meters, which means 10 sqm of space has to be provided for each participant.