The exponential increase in population growth has led to an increase in the production of municipal solid waste (MSW). Different types of waste have different impacts on human health and the environment, depending upon their constituents. Medical waste is one of the major fractions of MSW. Medical or healthcare waste comprises hospital waste and laboratories waste. Before COVID-19, the estimated waste generated by the healthcare sector was almost 16 billion tons. Out of which, 15 percent of the waste was considered hazardous. However, the emergence of the coronavirus has exacerbated the problem. The disease prevalence has changed the quantity as well as the composition of waste. Gloves and face masks have increased, and they contain the infection. Some other types of waste are also generated from COVID. This article will give you an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare waste problem that arises due to COVID-19.
Before COVID-19, the estimated waste generated by the healthcare sector was almost 16 billion tons.
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Conclusion:COVID-19 hit the world in the fourth quarter of the year 2019. It causes massive scale destruction around the globe in terms of human lives, economic loss, and environmental impacts. PPEs used by the whole world were single-used plastic products that have become a challenge nowadays. Vast piles of face masks, gloves, and products worn by healthcare workers are posing severe environmental challenges. Some measures to minimize the impact include proper handling of waste and its disinfection before disposal. Furthermore, the prevention of waste generation is a crucial step towards sustainable waste handling.