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Face Mask: Proper Disposal

Sali Dewan Sali Dewan
Aug 12, 2020

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The best weapon to combat the COVID-19 caused by Corona Virus is the face-mask along with social distancing and sanitization. The excessive production, sales and consumption of different types and quality of face masks due to the safety against the virus is making people aware about the usage of masks.

And also due to the government’s law against people hanging out in public places without a face-mask is enhancing its usage. Hence, millions of people are using the face-masks in the current state of affairs whereas the question is: What’s about their safe disposal?

People being aware about the use of face mask in the critical situation of the state of pandemic is equally necessary with the awareness of proper disposal of the used masks.

According to the WHO (World health Organization), after the use of face-masks, it must be immediately discarded in a closed bin. A closed bin or a sealed bag is the best place for the used masks. The ordinary used masks should be kept in a paper bag for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their disposal as general waste or incinerated or buried at a depth of at least 10 feet from the Earth’s surface in order to prevent infection.

People being aware about the use of face mask in the critical situation of the state of pandemic is equally necessary with the awareness of proper disposal of the used masks.

First of all, as and initiative action, people must be made aware regarding the proper disposal of the used face-masks from different levels like social groups, media and local government. So that the consequences of the negative aspects of unmanaged disposal of the used face-masks can be prevented.

Secondly, another action is the coordination among the waste management body and the health sector, where they must work hand in hand. The used masks in quarantine centers, testing centers and laboratories come under bio medical waste, which should have a proper disposal process.

Apart from this, self quarantined and people in isolation also use the face-masks, which should have a rational process of disposal. People in the contaminated zones and for example a recently positive tested person and people who came in contact with him/her, won’t the used face-masks by them need to be properly taken care of?

Finally, the war against Corona Virus needs to be fought as a team, to overcome this, the process combat starts with the usage of face-masks, sanitization, social distancing and ultimately the proper disposal of the face-masks so that even contact with the virus will not run as an endless cycle rather will end the rapid transmission.

As stated “Prevention is better than cure”, COVID-19 has no such cure to be precise till date and even the vaccine invented will take ages to arrive in a developing country like Nepal.

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