Covid waste is polluting oceans; Discarded masks, PPE kits, gloves end up at seashores


 

There is no denying that the world has witnessed a lot in the last two years. The pandemic shook all the existing structures, the plans, the way we lead our lives mass have become a necessity two years ago.


No one would have imagined wearing a mask day in and day out, but at present, those without one are looked down upon. It is undoubtedly necessary to take all the precautionary measures to protect oneself from the Deadly virus, but this protection itself is proving to be harmful. For the environment, let's tell you how a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the national academy of science sciences states that 193 countries have created 8 million tons of waste during the pandemic, nearly 26 000 tons of which was pandemic associated plastic waste.


That has seeped into the world's oceans ending up on beaches and seabeds. The research, titled magnitude and impact of pandemic associated plastic waste started with the statement. I'm quoting.


The covert 19 pandemics have led to an increased demand for single-use plastics that intensify pressure on and is already out of, control, the global plastic waste problem. The researchers estimate that 87 of the global covert 19 waste traces back to the hospitals, not the individuals. Nearly eight percent of the Waste is accounted for, individual use, ppe kits the other contributors are easy.


One-Time use, plastic packaging, and test kits during the pandemic. Plastic comes up as an easy-to-use disposable item from masks to face shields and even gloves. Everything contains plastic.


A material that is long proven to be eating up the planet and a fatal enemy of animals and marine life. The report also highlights that countries have not Been able to handle the massive amount of plastic waste generated in the last few months. It notes that over 46 percent of the covert 19 waste comes from Asia.


The reason is a high number of mask-wearing individuals present there. It seems like a good practice for humans, but not for the planet. The second biggest contributor is Europe followed by south America, Africa, and north America.

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