Conservationists Warn Discarded Face Masks And Gloves Are a New Threat To Marine Life

Due to the coronavirus pandemic there has been a swift rise in the number of disposable face masks and gloves that are used to prevent the spread of the virus. However, once these are used, they must be discarded. This is causing the amount of plastic pollution to increase by a huge margin. Environmentalists have warned that this increase is now proving to be a rising threat to our oceans and marine life.

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1The Governor of New York issued an order to wear masks while out in public

An executive order was issued on Wednesday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, which urged New Yorkers to start wearing masks from this weekend onwards. They are supposed to wear masks when out in public areas where social distancing is not possible.

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2The CDC has advised people to wear cloth masks in public

Although President Trump has declared wearing masks mandatory since he, “doesn’t see it for himself”, the CDC has advised everyone to at least wear cloth masks in public. This was done out of concern that COVID-19 can easily spread from people who are infected but don’t show any symptoms. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned Americans to refrain from buying medical masks as these are required by healthcare workers.

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3Still the number of discarded masks and gloves continue to increase

Despite the efforts, the wave of used and discarded single-use masks and latex gloves are still on the rise. There are many pictures on social media showing the crumpled masks and gloves littering the streets, green spaces, parking lots, shopping carts, and the beaches as well.

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