The perception that masks and cloth coverings for the nose and mouth are quite ubiquitous is rather disgusting and shameful — and I am surprised that more people are not appalled by how pervasive they seem to be, as one can spot them virtually everywhere.
…rather, I am referring to how people dispose of them improperly by simply tossing them to the ground as litter after they have been used.
I even saw what appeared to be a haphazard pile of used face masks — complete with that familiar color combination of light blue and white — which seemed to have been dumped off of an entrance ramp onto an Interstate highway.
Ever since the recommendation to wear something to cover a face during the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic was endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, substantially more people started to wear not only masks and other face coverings; but also gloves as well…
…and as a result, a fairly new problem is occurring, as instead of following the guidelines of what to properly do after wearing masks and gloves, some people are simply tossing them onto the ground and littering the landscape.
I have been walking many miles during the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, and I started to notice discarded gloves and masks on the ground…
…such as in the grass right by a sidewalk; or on the side of a roadway.
The proper discarding of a mask is to grab it by the strands which wrap around the ears and discard it immediately in a closed bin; and then afterwards, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Improperly discarding a glove or a mask could possibly expose other people to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, which potentially defeats the purpose of wearing a glove or a mask in the first place — not to mention that simply throwing gloves or masks on the ground is a form of littering.
The photographs of the same discarded mask which were used in this article only illustrated part of the problem, as I have seen more gloves, masks, and other protective items improperly discarded elsewhere.
If you are going to use a mask or gloves, please discard them properly to help prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Simply throwing them on the ground is disgusting, only potentially creates new issues — such as potentially spreading the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in a selfishly different and discourteous way; as well as littering, which is bad for the environment — and does not help to solve the original problem…
…especially if the glove, mask, or other protective item is not biodegradable.
Other articles at The Gate which pertain to wearing masks and cloth coverings for the nose and mouth due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic include: