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Disposable face masks can contain toxins that can cause harm to the environment and humans.
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Disposable face masks can contain toxins that can cause harm to the environment and humans.

Toxins found in disposable face masks may harm humans and the environment

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SWANSEA (United Kingdom) –A recent study finds that disposal masks may be spreading harmful toxins into the environment.Researchers at Swansea University have discoveredAfter exposure to water, many masks have significant amounts (lead and copper) of toxic substances. Even worse, a recent study found that these masks may be spreading harmful toxic chemicals into the environment.

The demand for disposable plastic facial masks (DPFs), have soared since the pandemic. In 2020, China’s production plants produced more than 52 billion masks, with an average of 450 million masks per day. Research estimates that it could take as long as 450 years to make face masks.

Experts are now asking whether plastic masks can be used every day by people. Consider the sheer number of masks available.Don’t throw it in the trash!These results are alarming.

We all need to continue wearing masks, as they are vital in ending the pandemic. Dr. Sarper Sarp of Swanseas College of Engineering, the lead researcher, said that more regulation and research is needed on mask production to reduce risks to the environment.

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A team of scientists tested seven brands to ensure that conclusive testing was done. Disposable face masks. To simulate the environment in which litter and trash end up, they soaked all the masks with water. Results showed traces of heavy Metals like Lead and other toxins, such carcinogenic chemicals in water.

To minimize the environmental impacts, it is important to enforce stricter regulations during manufacturing and disposal/recycling DPFs. The study author concludes that there is a need for more research into the impact of these particle leaching on public and public health. To determine the potential quantities and effects, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation.These particles can have devastating effectsThe environment is being contaminated by the chemicals and the levels of the substances inhaled during normal breathing. This is a concern especially for key workers in health care and children.Required to wear masksfor large portions of the working or schoolday.

This study was published in the journal Water Research.

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