Not simply physical pollution, but also chemically pollution is distributed by having to disinfect constantly but also the biomedical and infectious wastes that get generated from all the hospitals and centers.
The difficult part of this sudden pandemic is the haphazardness of waste of all these newly required disposable protection, such as what is needed for every patient, needles, gloves, masks, tissues, medicines, etc.
People are encouraged, and in many places, required to wear masks and gloves to protect themselves and others from contracting the virus. However, if people use and dispose of a mask a day, that accumulates to a lot of waste, and most of which is polluted.
How to Mitigate These Degradations:
Learn proper disposable practices for these protective equipments, as not to participate in releasing toxic chemicals into the earth’s atmosphere.
Choose reusable options! Be zero-waste and choose to either make or buy your own face masks, use reusable cloth wipes to disinfect (some environmentally friendly companies include: Norwex, VibraWipe, Skoy), and more.
Instead of choosing to use the single-use disposable masks, opt for a reusable face mask, and even better choose to support a local store/artist near you that sells them!
Several local stores on Pearl Street sell face masks!