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What about the environmental impact of all of these single use masks and gloves?

There has been an increase in the plastic waste due to the increase in single use masks and gloves. In this situation, public health needs to be a priority. We can limit the plastic waste by not using unnecessary supplies, for example gloves. Gloves do not protect you from COVID-19 and should not be worn by the public unless specifically advised to do so.

We can also make sure that we are disposing of these items responsibly in bins and not leaving them in public places or dropping them on the street or out of car windows. This will also limit the risk of infecting other people. 

Face coverings can be washed and reused so are a better choice for the environment than surgical masks.