Medical waste due to pandemic heightened environmental crisis, new report finds
According to a report published by the World Health Organization in February, tens of thousands of tons of additional medical waste from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic put “great pressure” on healthcare waste management systems around the world, threatening human health and environmental and exposing an urgent need to improve waste management practices.
After more than 430 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, the pandemic has generated vast amounts of medical waste in the form of test kits, gloves, masks, syringes and other products that people in clinics and hospitals use it once then throw it in according to protocols, leaving room for an environmental crisis in addition to a public health crisis.
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