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Study suggests that disposable plastic face masks could be toxic to humans and the environment.
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Study suggests that disposable plastic face masks could be toxic to humans and the environment.

Toxins in disposable plastic face masks may harm humans and the environment: study

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SWANSEA (United Kingdom) – Since the pandemic, the demand for disposable plastic face masks (DPFs) has soared. In 2020, China’s production plants produced more than 52 billion masks a day. They are single-use items but it could take up 450 years to make face masks obsolete. Recent research has shown that these masks may be spreading harmful chemicals into our environment.

Swansea University researchers discovered significant amounts of lead, copper and antimony in several masks that were exposed to water. Experts now question whether plastic masks can be used every day. A number of masks are available, which is why this question is important. Do not throw it awayThese results are alarming.

We all need to continue wearing masks, as they are vital in ending the pandemic. We also need to conduct more research and regulate mask production in order to reduce risks to the environment. Dr. Sarper Sarp of Swanseas College of Engineering says that this is a crucial step towards ending the pandemic. University release.

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A team of scientists tested seven brands to ensure conclusive testing. 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.

The plastic pollution problem of improper and unregulated disposal is already a serious problem. It will only get worse. There is evidence to suggest that DPFs waste could have a substantial impact on the environment. environmental impact by releasing pollutants simply by exposing them to water. Many of the toxic chemicals found in our research are bio-accumulative and can be released into the environment. Dr. Sarp continues to say that DPFs may be one of the main sources of these contaminants during and after the COVID-19 epidemic.

To minimize the environmental impact, it is imperative that stricter regulations are enforced during manufacture and disposal/recycling DPFs. The study author concludes that there is a need for more research into the health impacts of such particle leakage on the public. A thorough investigation is required to determine the potential amounts and consequences. These particles can have devastating effects leaching into the environment, and the levels being inhaled by users during normal breathing. This is a concern especially for health care professionals, key workers, children, and children. Required to wear masks for large proportions of the working or school day.

This study was published in the journal Water Research.

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