Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production of disposable face masks above average. Although this is good for the healthcare world, not so much if later they are not recycled. In addition, many of the people in charge of its manufacture are exploited.
These types of masks are causing in the Chinese country, and throughout the world, a high level of pollution, both on its beaches and in its streets.
Disposable masks, a contamination problem
In these last five months, the organization Oceans Asia He has been tasked with studying the negative effects of microbeads and other plastic debris found in China’s seas and plans.
In the islands of Soko Near the city of Hong Kong, 70 disposable masks were found on 100 meters of beach.
In China, these types of masks are used daily. However, when the pandemic arrived the increase was dramatic. In this way, enormous pollution has been caused, especially concentrated on the country’s beaches.
According to the members of the organization:
“This contamination was much higher when the coronavirus pandemic started.”
Furthermore, they report that these masks could cause confusion and be ingested by animals like fish, dolphins or turtles. These can block your intestine, causing your death.
But pollution does not only affect animals, but it also affects humans. Although they can stop the spread of COVID-19, if they are not disposed of correctly, they could be another reason for contagion.
It is important to recycle to avoid the number of infections and animals to die due to contamination. We must think that there is already enough pollution in the world that hurts us both.