Discarded coronavirus masks becoming plastic pollution

Discarded coronavirus face masks and gloves rising threat to ocean life, conservationists warn

Original Publication: Independent
Publication Date: April 17, 2020

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The rise in disposable face masks and gloves being used to prevent the spread of coronavirus is adding to the glut of plastic pollution threatening the health of oceans and marine life, environmentalists warn.

On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order, effective this weekend, that New Yorkers must now wear a mask when out in public in situations where social distancing isn’t possible.

The CDC advises wearing cloth masks in public (although President Trump says it’s not mandatory and he “doesn’t see it for himself”) due to the concern that Covid-19 can be spread by people who are infected but not showing symptoms.