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The Environmental Impact of Disposable Masks

Even as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another epidemic that is slowly growing at the same time. There is an incredible litter and pollution problem being created by the massive demand for disposable surgical masks. On streets, parks, and beaches across the world, masks are piling up, with an estimated 75% of plastic masks ending up in landfills and the ocean. There are no hard numbers on how many masks are going to the landfill, but we can extrapolate from what we do have, and the amount is staggering. The United Kingdom is estimating that it is sending, on average, 1.6 billion masks to the landfill every month. Expand that out to the whole population of the...

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Why Do We Need To Wear Masks?

With Toronto and much of the rest of Canada facing a new set of lockdowns, uncertain and worry about the COVID-19 Pandemic is at an all-time high. What is striking is that despite the fact that we’re essentially going for a second turn on this wild ride, there is still a lot of misinformation, or lack of information, regarding the best practices. Regardless, social distancing, handwashing, and especially wearing masks are all the best ways to limit transmission of COVID. But why are masks such an important part of this process? To understand this, it’s important to understand how this disease is transmitted. COVID is one of many diseases that spreads through “respiratory droplets” – essentially, through the minute particles...

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