Images of masks at sea have become commonplace on social networks and everything points to the fact that, in the midst of the struggle to stop the pandemic, they will unfortunately continue to be a growing problem. It is also common to see them on the ground in cities, which is a symbol of the lack of civility of some of its inhabitants.
Apart from the problem that they are contaminated with viruses, what prompts us to write this entry, on this occasion, is the awareness of the correct and ecological use that we make of the non-reusable masks once we have used them.
At a hospital level, the waste that is subceptible to being contaminated is collected in red deposits that are closed for safety. Let us not deceive ourselves, given the extensive use of masks among the population today, the establishment of these airtight containers is a utopia, so it is urgent to give guidelines on what to do with disposable masks once used.
That is why experts are advising in some media around the planet that the most appropriate and respectful way for others to throw away their masks is to put them first in a small bag and close it with a knot before throwing them away. This will prevent the mask from ending up on the ground and contaminating others, with the help of the air or through contact with pets or children.
This is why we are faced with an uncomfortable reality but one that must be solved. To begin with, it would not be out of place to make the public aware, through propaganda campaigns, of the environmental and public health consequences of not disposing of the masks properly.