Emerging Threats to Aquatic Environments Due to the Essential Add-on for COVID 19 Pandemic- Waste Management as a Proxy - Abstract
In the present situation of the COVID 19 pandemic, the essential use of face masks, medical gloves, and other things is wielded as personal protection equipment for human health and to minimize further disease infections. Increased usage of face masks, medical gloves, and other essential materials to grow in plastic pollution threaten the aquatic organisms in environments. According to current research, microplastic contamination should be a major concern due to its massive impact on aquatic biota and the overall ecosystem. The purpose of this research is to look at the environmental impact of face mask wastage and to find sustainable techniques to decrease this waste and help them sustain the environment. In the current situation, to tackle the global COVID 19 pandemic and minimize plastic pollution, many countries enact policies and strict rules on the usage and alternatives of plastics. As a result, it is critical to take the required actions, such as collection, segregation, storage, and recycling, to safely dispose of face masks and to use alternative technologies to improve resource recovery.